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March 8, 2012

Journal ranks New Castle in top ten

NEW CASTLE — New Castle has achieved a national ranking.

That ranking is in a 2011 list published by Site Selection Magazine, a corporate real estate and economic development journal.

It shows Pennsylvania led in the regions overall.

The city of New Castle was ranked among the top 10 micropolitans in the United States. Those are cities of populations between 10,000 and 50,000 that exist in only one county.

New Castle was singled out for six economic development deals in 2011, according to Linda Nitch, Lawrence County Economic Development Corp. executive director.

New Castle’s ranking tied with DuBois, Pa., both of which boasted six economic development projects.

Pottsville is the only town in Pennsylvania that ranked higher than New Castle in the micropolitan listing, coming in eighth.

The rankings were based on the number of new and expanded corporate facilities in 2011. Those listed for New Castle were:

•Epiphany Solar Water Systems, 825 Croton Ave. — An expansion that retained seven jobs and created 13 new ones.

•Flowline Division of Ezeflow USA Inc., 1380 New Butler Road — A $6 million investment that created 20 new jobs and retained 92 jobs.

•Richardson Cooling Packages on Moravia Street — A $1 million expansion that created 10 jobs and retained 33 positions.

•Keystone Compliance, 2861 W. State St. — A $2.5 million expansion creating five new jobs and preserving 10.

•Harbor Steel on Route 422 — A $1.3 million project that retained 36 jobs.

•Dallas W. Hartman, 201 Green Ridge Road — A $2.662 million relocation of law offices that employ 14 people.

“What an honor for New Castle to be recognized as one of the top micropolitans in the U.S. for 2011,” New Castle Mayor Anthony Mastrangelo noted in a prepared statement. “This will enhance our ability to encourage individuals and companies to consider New Castle for future growth opportunities.”

Sam Mastovich, economic development corporation president, touted New Castle in the news release as “an ideal location to build a business, as it is conveniently located in the middle of the Pittsburgh-Cleveland Tech Belt, offers great energy infrastructure, highway access, affordable cost of living and a work force with a great work ethic.”

The top metropolises ranked by the journal listed Pittsburgh as number three in the top 10 in the nation.

A population of 1 million or more designates a metro area.

(Email: dmorris@ncnewonline.com)

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