Governor Wolf: Forms + Surfaces Expands in Allegheny County, Creating Jobs and Growing Global Footprint

Governor Tom Wolf announced that Forms + Surfaces, Inc., a manufacturer of architectural products, will expand its operations in Allegheny County, supporting the combined creation and retention of 346 full-time jobs. The company has pledged to invest $15.65 million into the project and has committed to create at least 115 new, full-time jobs and retain 231 existing jobs over the next three years.

“There is a direct correlation between manufacturing innovation and economic growth,” said Gov. Wolf. “I am proud that the commonwealth has partnered with a growing manufacturer to
to bolster economic growth in Allegheny County.”

To provide additional space to accommodate growth, the company acquired and will renovate a building in Shaler Township, which will allow the company to consolidate its existing facilities and create a more efficient operation and cost savings from eliminating the need to transfer goods and products between multiple locations.

“Forms + Surfaces has had a long presence in Western Pennsylvania, and for many years we have been looking for the right location to establish a long-term headquarters that is able to sustain the tremendous growth we have experienced,” said Forms + Surfaces Vice President for Resources and Business Development Jason Norris. We are very excited for this opportunity to not only solidify our presence in this region but also expand and establish a first-rate manufacturing facility. To this end, we are extremely excited to work with the Governor’s Action Team to help us with this expansion project which will lead to continued growth and the creation of jobs for this region.”

The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for the project. The proposal includes a $287,500 Pennsylvania First grant, $115,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs, and a $69,900 workforce development grant to help the company train workforce workers. The company was also encouraged to apply for a $2 million loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA). The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.

Forms + Surfaces manufactures a wide range of architectural and public space products—such as monumental lighting fixtures, icons, and fabricated structures, public furniture, directories and kiosks, building entrances and facades, and signage and environmental graphics—which are sold in municipal, public transit, construction, commercial, and institutional markets.