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Northeastern Pennsylvania has the Lowest Operating Costs for Food and Plastics Manufacturing


Pittston, PA - Two independently produced studies show that Northeastern Pennsylvania is one of the best locations in the country for companies looking to open new food and plastics manufacturing facilities.


The Boyd Company, an internationally recognized site location firm based in Princeton, New Jersey, recently compared cities across the country to Northeastern PA.  The Boyd studies show that Northeastern PA has the lowest food and plastics manufacturing costs among those surveyed.

Both studies looked at comparative annual operating costs which included site acquisition and construction, taxes, utilities, and labor.  Locations studied included metro areas in New England, New York and New Jersey, Baltimore, and several areas within Pennsylvania.


“These studies reaffirm what we have been saying for years.  Companies that are looking to grow their business on the East Coast should be looking at all that our region has to offer,” said John Augustine, President/CEO of Penn’s Northeast.  “The majority of the US population is located within a one-day drive of Northeastern PA.”


The Comparative Annual Operation Cost Analysis studies focused on the elements that were considered the most essential to the corporate site selection process, including comparative labor costs, comparative electric power and natural gas costs, land acquisition and construction costs and property and sales tax costs.


In the report, Northeastern Pennsylvania ranked the lowest in total annual operating costs among 10 MSAs for food/beverage manufacturing and eight MSAs for plastics manufacturing. These findings are hardly surprising to those in Northeastern PA, as the region is already home to some of the top companies in the food processing and plastics clusters.


To create the comparison, the food/beverage study used a hypothetical 225,000-square-foot production facility employing 350 workers. Operating cost differentials were based on the latest first-quarter 2017 figures. The report was designed to compare costs across various food and beverage processing industry sectors.


For the plastics study, the overall operating costs were compiled for each region using a hypothetical 175,000-square-foot facility with 225 employees. The operating cost differentials were based on the latest third-quarter 2016 figures.


Penn’s Northeast (PNE) plans to distribute the report to hundreds of companies in the food and plastic sectors as well as to commercial real estate brokers and national site location consultants.


Penn’s Northeast serves as the single point of contact to assist brokers, site selectors and companies with all of their location needs.  PNE provides real estate (land & building) options, workforce and employee recruitment, financial incentives, and additional assistance as needed. 


The organization’s goal is to attract quality employers to Northeastern Pennsylvania and enhance the region’s economy through new investments, job creation and increasing the amount of potential business opportunities for regional businesses through targeted business recruitment and unique lead generation activities.


Penn's Northeast is a public/private partnership of agencies dedicated to assisting businesses interested in locating within Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Schuylkill and Wayne Counties.


For more information about the completed studies or Penn’s Northeast, please visit or call 570-883-0504.  

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