Governor Wolf Celebrates Opening of LOOK Trailers in Luzerne County
Wright Twp., PA - Governor Tom Wolf cut the ribbon to officially open a new facility for LOOK Trailers on October 11, 2016. LOOK Trailers is a trailer manufacturing company, in the Crestwood Industrial Park in Wright Township, Luzerne County. LOOK Trailers has already created 52 jobs and plans to have 75 new full-time employees by the end of the year, said company President Matt Arnold.
Partnering with the Governor’s Action Team — an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania — in collaboration with the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce and Penn’s Northeast, LOOK Trailers established a new manufacturing operation at an existing 84,339-square-foot building on Oak Hill Road. The company will invest at least $2.3 million at the new site.
“The support and collaboration of Governor Wolf and the many state and local officials that have welcomed us to the community has reaffirmed our commitment to making Luzerne County our home for many years to come. The Governor’s Action Team and the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce really worked hard to get us here,” said Matt Arnold, President of LOOK Trailers.
“Today’s celebration is a reminder of why LOOK Trailers chose Pennsylvania as the best place to create jobs and invest in the local economy,”
- Matt Arnold, President of LOOK Trailers.
The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes $130,000in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs and $15,750 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training.
“Manufacturing work, like that being done here at LOOK Trailers, is critical to our economy,” Governor Wolf said. “It is what Pennsylvania was built on, and that is why I am committed to continuing to work with the private sector to support robust business growth. That is also why I also recently established a tax credit for manufacturers who create jobs right here in Pennsylvania.”
“If you’re in business, you want to succeed, you want to be close to your market, you want a good workforce. We can give that to you right here in Pennsylvania.”
- Governor Tom Wolf, Governor of Pennsylvania
Wolf said Arnold and the company “appreciates good jobs, good products” and that’s why the company came to town. “The workforce (in Pennsylvania) is second to none,” Wolf praised.
“We’re hiring in all departments,” Arnold said. “We’re interested in hiring additional welders and employees with construction backgrounds so we could take their current skills and help them develop new skills for better-paying jobs.”
Arnold said company officials are excited to now be in the new 84,339-square-foot building in Wright Township. The manufacturer has grown into the largest company in the nation that builds cargo trailers. Out of the Wright Township plant, the company “which welds the chassis from the ground up” sends out about 12 to 14 cargo trailers a day. The goal is 25 to 27 a day. “We’re half way there,” Arnold said.
The Crestwood Industrial Park, where LOOK Trailers is located, started in 1950 and is now home to more than 1,800 employees, mostly in the manufacturing sector, said John Augustine, president and chief executive officer of Penn’s Northeast, a regional economic development marketing agency, who attracts quality jobs to Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Mr. Augustine said the Mountain Top area is a conglomeration of communities that come together as a team. “In Mountain Top, they make everything from tortilla chips to mattresses to Gatorade to semiconductors and now, trailers.”
"Pennsylvania is open for business.”
- John L. Augustine III, President / CEO of Penn's Northeast
State Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Lehman Township, who attended the ceremony, also welcomed LOOK Trailers to the building. Baker said she is glad a world class company decided to call Northeastern Pennsylvania home and that LOOK Trailers re-purposed a building that has been a “vital part of the Mountain Top community.”
LOOK Trailers, founded in 2010, has been labeled the fastest-growing enclosed trailer company according to Statistical Surveys Inc. LOOK Trailers manufactures a wide variety of enclosed steel and aluminum trailers including cargo, auto hauler, ATV, snowmobile, and race. LOOK also manufactures Pace American and Cargo Express enclosed trailers across four facilities throughout the United States. They have four other locations in Indiana, Georgia, Utah and Arizona. The company, Arnold said, saw a 439 percent company growth in 2013, just three years after they began production.
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