Hazle Twp., Luzerne County, PA -
A Hazle Twp. company on Wednesday will launch a $20.6 million expansion and eventually add 50 jobs with state financial support and the backing of Gov. Josh Shapiro and his administration.
EAM-Mosca will expand its campus at 675 Jaycee Drive by 70% in Valmont Industrial Park, where it has provided automated systems that produce plastic strapping for more than 40 years.
As part of the expansion, EAM-Mosca plans to renovate its existing facility, buy new machinery and equipment and add 50 jobs within three years.
When completed, EAM-Mosca’s operations footprint will grow from 165,000 square feet to 283,000 square feet.
The Hazle Twp. facility will be the firm’s primary headquarters, serving clients throughout Latin America, Mexico, the United States and Canada.
Company executives said the firm is “closing in on 200 employees” locally and employs another 40 workers at an office in Canada and 50 others at an office and production site in Mexico.
In addition to expanding and renovating its headquarters, the overall investment will expand the portfolio to include strapping machines and stretch wrapping equipment. Officials plan to integrate new automated and digitization technologies.
“Part of that over $20 million investment is the realization that we need to develop training programs to build the next generation of folks that will be able to both design and produce our machines and the strapping products,” said John D’Ottavio, the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. “That’s an investment in the community realizing that developing the workforce is critical to our future.”
“My administration is investing in a future that’s made in Pennsylvania, supporting companies like EAM-Mosca who are expanding their manufacturing operations and creating good-paying jobs here in the commonwealth,” Shapiro said.
“EAM-Mosca’s investment in Luzerne County will create and sustain the good-paying jobs that help Pennsylvania compete and drive innovation on a global scale. Pennsylvania will continue to compete aggressively for projects like this one as we plant a flag and send the clear message that Pennsylvania is open for business.”
For its expansion, EAM-Mosca received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $250,000 Pennsylvania First grant and was encouraged to apply for the Manufacturing Tax Credit Program.
“I’d like to congratulate the entire EAM-Mosca team on this project that will grow their operations right here in the commonwealth,” DCED Secretary Rick Siger said. “Governor Shapiro recognizes that manufacturing has long been an integral part of Pennsylvania’s economy, and his first budget makes critical investments to sustain that growth. From increasing funding in the Pennsylvania First program to investing in manufacturing innovation, the governor is positioning the commonwealth to win many more expansion projects like this one.”
EAM-Mosca manufactures and distributes automatic strapping systems and customized, high-performance, end-of-line packaging solutions. The company has been in operation since 1982 and has installed more than 25,000 systems at customer locations throughout the Americas.
“We are grateful for the support from Governor Shapiro and the Governor’s Action Team, who recognize that EAM-Mosca provides and creates high-quality technology jobs in Pennsylvania,” said Christian Wiethuechter, president and CEO at EAM-Mosca. “These jobs come from a true understanding of our clients’ needs and our engineering efforts on the mechanical and electrical side to produce a highly automated solution that meets an unmet need no one else has been able to satisfy, and that’s what’s made us successful in Pennsylvania and across the world.”
Shapiro said supporting businesses and creating opportunities for economic growth has been a priority since he took office, and his first budget proposal includes significant investments in economic development to create jobs, spur innovation, and attract new businesses and support the workers and communities already in the commonwealth.