Governor Tom Wolf announced that Makin Metal Powders Ltd., a United Kingdom-based manufacturer of metal powders, has selected Pennsylvania as the location for its first manufacturing operation in the United States. The project will create nearly 40 manufacturing jobs at the selected site in Clearfield County.
“Pennsylvania has a rich history of manufacturing that continues to grow stronger every day,” Governor Wolf said. “Makin Metal Powders’ decision to open their first US manufacturing operation right here in the commonwealth shows that the international community recognizes the strength of our manufacturing sector as well. This decision is great news for Clearfield County and for Pennsylvania manufacturing.”
Makin Metal Powders evaluated several states for the potential new location but ultimately decided to locate into Pennsylvania due to the strength of its manufacturing sector and workforce as well as its prime location. The new, 75,000-square-foot facility will be in the Clearfield County Business Park in Lawrence Township. Makin Metal Powders plans to invest nearly $9 million into the project, which is expected to create at least 39 manufacturing jobs over the next three years.
“We are very excited to be expanding our operations into the US because many customers throughout the Americas have been urging us to take this step so that we can further build on our already excellent reputation for service and value, and support them from a ‘local’ base,” said Jonathan Hood, managing director at Makin Metal Powders. “When searching for the right location we were blessed with a choice of several very fine options, but the inward investment teams in Clearfield and Pennsylvania impressed us with their blend of knowledge, professionalism and friendliness. This, coupled with a great plot right in the heart of the US powder metallurgy industry, meant the choice was second to none. We look forward to joining and contributing to the local community and to serving our customers on the US side of the pond.”
Makin Metal Powders received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $25,150 grant for workforce training. The company was also encouraged to apply for a $7.25 million low-interest loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority. 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. Initial contact was made through DCED’s Office of International Business Development, which worked with the company, coordinated several site visits to Pennsylvania, and connected Makin Metal Powders to the Governor’s Action Team.
Makin Metal Powders Ltd. is a UK-based producer of non-ferrous metals powders. The company supplies a global customer base with applications in many different industries. Its products are used primarily within the automotive and engineering industry, with a combination of powder metallurgy parts and friction material applications, which accounts for 80 percent of its production activities.