‘This is a big deal’: 300 ‘high-quality’ jobs, manufacturing facility coming to Westmoreland County

The search is over for the site of Re:Build Manufacturing’s newest location.

The company announced Monday morning it picked the New Kensington Advanced Manufacturing Park in Westmoreland County, beating out more than two dozen other potential options.

The Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC) of Southwestern Pennsylvania said it’s an $81 million dollar investment into the region, bringing 300 high-quality jobs to the New Kensington and Arnold areas.

“That’s huge for us. We’re a small community, we’re one of the old steel/aluminum communities in the area that lost jobs back in the 70s. It’s been very depressed for a long time. It’s a big step for us,” said Mayor Joe Bia of Arnold.

Gov. Josh Shapiro and Lieutenant Gov. Austin Davis were among those who came to Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh for this announcement, something Shapiro believes will reshape communities and change lives.

“Today marks the beginning of that change,” Shapiro said. “This is a big deal,”

Plans include building full-scale production lines that Re:Build develops for its businesses and partners, helping it to serve as a supplier to companies that build new aircraft, UAVs, cars, power plants, and medical devices.

“It will truly be home for the most important part of what we do, which is to make things that make people’s lives better,” said Jeff Wilke, chairman and co-founder.

Renderings provided by the RIDC of Southwestern Pennsylvania show the property it will now redevelop, making up five existing buildings and total 175,000 square feet once completed. The original structures were built and developed by Alcoa in 1930.

“It’s a very big plant, a very big section of our industrial park,” Bia said.

“I think the cities of Arnold and New Kensington have important investments in their downtown, and we’re starting to see some real activity happening,” said Don Smith, RIDC of Southwestern Pennsylvania

You can find more information about Re:Build Manufacturing on its website.

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