Governor Tom Wolf announced that Evans Delivery Company (EDC), an over-the-road trucking company and broker, will expand its operations in Schuylkill Haven, Schuylkill County, creating 65 new jobs and maintaining 321 existing employees.
“EDC made a commitment to revitalize Schuylkill Haven almost two decades ago, and the company has been dedicated to those efforts ever since,” said Gov. Wolf. “This project further builds on those efforts and shows how a town can initiate change with a simple vision and a little teamwork, driving economic and social benefits directly into the community.”
As part of the community’s ongoing efforts to revitalize the local area, EDC will acquire and renovate a 9,046-square-foot office building and will demolish an existing surface car wash to create a corporate annex and 70 parking spaces. The project will consolidate back-office jobs, currently performed out of state, nearer to the company’s 60,000-square-foot headquarters. The company is required to invest at least $2,482,658 in the project, and create at least 65 new, full-time jobs at the site.
“It’s an honor to help with the revitalization of Schuylkill Haven by renewing a historic building that was so much a part of the original growth of the borough,” said EDC Board Chairman Albert “Bert” Evans, Jr. “It’s also rewarding to see how five organizations: the Downtown Merchants, the Island Organization, Penn State Schuylkill, the Heritage River Group, and the Walk In Art Center all have contributed to the revitalization project. It would never have been possible without the help of our elected public servants Governor Tom Wolf, Senator Dave Argall, and Representative Mike Tobash. It was a team effort and we’re proud to be a part of it.”
“A community like Schuylkill Haven is lucky to have an entrepreneur like Bert Evans and Evans Delivery. Sometimes it takes just one person to be a catalyst for community and economic development to begin the transformation process,” said Sen. Argall. “Schuylkill Haven really is “the little town that could” and projects like this one are proof of a community’s success. I applaud Evans Delivery for relocating out of state jobs not only to Pennsylvania but Schuylkill Haven. I look forward to many years of growth by Evans Delivery.”
EDC received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for the project. The proposal includes a $250,000 Pennsylvania First grant, $65,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs, and a $17,400 workforce development grant to help the company train workers. The company was also encouraged to apply for a $1 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.
“As Chairman of the Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, I am always pleased when we can help a local, home-grown company expand,” said SEDCO Chairman David Snyder. “The Evans Network of Companies not only provides a tremendous amount of employment opportunities to county residents but is also committed to giving back and helping to make Schuylkill County a better place every day. We are also very grateful of the Governor’s assistance in helping Evans continue to grow.”
EDC is part of “The Evans Network of Companies (ENC),” and is the largest privately-held intermodal drayage carrier, and 20th largest common motor carrier in the country. ENC includes 34 brands at more than 350 locations and a fleet of 7,050 trucks. EDC has been owned and operated by members of the Evans family since 1939.