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German company won't be coming to Carbon

Published April 15. 2011 05:10PM

A German-based automotive manufacturing company will not be coming to Carbon County.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board spoke about Quaprotek's decision not to come to Pennsylvania.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, said two primary reasons the county was cut from the running was because Quaprotek officials expressed concern about Carbon not being able to meet the timeline for the company to take over the building. Currently, the building in question, located in Green Acres Industrial Park in Nesquehoning, houses Liquid Fence, which is moving to a new location out of the county in the near future.

The second reason, and main reason Commissioner Charles Getz pointed out, was the electrical capacity of the site.

O'Gurek said a generator would not be able to meet the company's needs.

Getz added that he spoke with Paul Canevari, regional manager of PPL, about the cost to meet the electrical capacity. He noted that it would cost around $300 million in upgrades.

The commissioners agreed that the county did its best to try and bring in new business, and that this venture was good experience for future attempts.

"We did our best to present everything," O'Gurek said. "Timing is everything. It's a lesson learned. We learned how to compete and what it takes to compete in that type of market."

Commissioners Getz and Wayne Nothstein added that Dawn Ferrante, director of the county economic development office, did a very good job preparing the information for the proposal and for the presentation she made to the company.

"This was time well spent even though we didn't get these people to come here," Getz said, adding that Ferrante made a lot of good contacts while at the presentation.

Nothstein said that it was a fierce competition between the eight states vying for the company's business.

O'Gurek added that Carbon County just wasn't ready to land one of these companies yet, but the county will continue to work on it in the future.

Carbon County will now wait until Liquid Fence vacates the building before it actively pursues new businesses relocating to the business park.

The opportunity for Carbon County to make the presentation to Quaprotek came in March when Ferrante received a request for proposal from the Pennsylvania Governor's Action Team. The RFP notified all counties that the company was interested in finding a suitable location to create a facility to manufacture its products in the country.

Carbon County as well as two other counties in Pennsylvania, submitted proposals to the German American Chamber. After addition information was released, the two other counties withdrew their proposals. Carbon's proposal touched on many areas that highlight the positives that the county has to offer, including personal messages from county officials and state lawmakers; demographics of the county; and potential incentives, such as tax breaks, grants, and deferred lease payments for moving to the area.

Ferrante then traveled to Georgia to make a formal presentation to the company in the hopes of attracting its business and investment to the area.

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