HARRISBURG, Pa., April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett announced today that Environmental Solutions Worldwide America (ESWA) - an environmental technology and services company - will relocate its headquarters from Canada to Montgomery County, creating at least 97 jobs within three years.
"My administration is committed to advancing a business climate that keeps the investments and jobs coming to Pennsylvania," Corbett said. "These efforts have led to Environmental Solutions relocating to southeastern Pennsylvania, bringing high-paying manufacturing jobs to the region."
ESWA will relocate its manufacturing business and headquarters from Canada to a leased, 40,000-square-foot facility in Montgomeryville, where the company currently operates a Research and Development and emissions-testing facility. The project will create at least 97 jobs and will retain 11 existing positions.
The company received an $844,000 funding offer from the Department of Community and Economic Development, including a $150,000 Opportunity Grant, a $500,000 loan from the Machinery and Equipment Loan Fund, and $194,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits. The company will also be eligible to apply for Research and Development Tax Credits.
"This expansion project will allow ESWA to complete building and facility upgrades, purchase new equipment and train employees in order to meet increased market demand," said ESWA Vice President of Operations Virendra Kumar. "We'd like to extend our sincere thanks to Governor Corbett, Secretary Walker and the Department of Community and Economic Development for their invaluable assistance with this project."
The project was coordinated by the Governor's Action Team, a group of economic development professionals housed within the Department of Community and Economic Development. The team works directly with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania. The Governor's Action Team worked with the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) to bring ESWA to Pennsylvania.
"We are happy that ESWA has decided to relocate its headquarters to Montgomery County and that they plan to increase production to service their customers in the U.S. I have worked with the firm and they are a good fit for the county. I wish them all the best," said MCEDC President Carmen Italia.
ESWA started in 1998 as a research and development company with the goal of developing ceramic-based catalytic converters for the automotive industry. Previously headquartered in Ontario, Canada, ESWA is now engaged in the design, development, manufacturing, and sales of environmental technologies and emissions testing and is recognized as an industry leader.
For more information on ESWA, visit www.cleanerfuture.com.
For more information on the Governor's Action Team and other economic development initiatives in Pennsylvania, visit www.newPA.com or call 1-866-466-3972.
Kelli Roberts, Governor's Office; 717-783-1116
Steven Kratz, DCED; 717-783-1132
SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor