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Northeast

ECONOMIC
TOUR

to highlight pennsylvania's quality job market, a government representative
has been touring the state, visiting numerous facilities.

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Pennsylvania's Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin has been conducting a 'Jobs
that Pay' tour throughout the state. In mid-December, he visited Quality
Mould Inc. (QMI), a Latrobe-based producer of diversified products for
customers from various manufacturing fields.
"[This] event was an excellent opportunity to really see the
impact of government in action," Davin says. "We toured
QMI's Latrobe facility and experienced its day-to-day operations firsthand, discussed the impact of the PIDA loan that
QMI received, and learned about the company's job creation
efforts and plans. QMI's contributions to the economic vitality of the commonwealth are to be commended."
In October 2015, The Southwestern Pennsylvania Corporation was awarded a $190,000, 15-year loan at 3.75 percent,
on behalf of QMI for the purchase of real estate and machinery located in Unity Township, Westmoreland County. The
project would allow the company to keep up with increased
customer demand. The project included a 33,000-square-foot
building with room for expansion on 3.44-acres, warehouse
racks, a crane, compressors and an air-drying system. The
total project cost was projected to be $1,675,000, and would
create three new jobs while retaining 23 existing positions.
"Quality Mould Inc. had to completely re-think and re-arrange
our manufacturing process. Since obtaining a new facility, we

have improved our lean manufacturing techniques, streamlined
all of our equipment, avoided costly mistakes and we are well
prepared to launch efforts to new markets," says DJ Danko, QMI
president. "We are very pleased to have worked with DCED."
Also in December, Sec. Davin visited Liverpool-based
Champion Modular Inc., a custom producer of homes and
commercial structures.
"Champion is one of the many manufacturing companies
that are choosing Pennsylvania as the best place to grow and
flourish. We were pleased to welcome the company to its
new Juniata County location this fall," Davin says. "Equally
exciting as Champion's move to Liverpool is its decision to
reopen a facility that had been vacant for several months and
its efforts to rehire many of the workers who lost their jobs."
The Jobs that Pay tour is an effort by state agencies to promote good-paying, family-sustaining jobs and career-paths
available to job-seekers across the commonwealth, and to
listen and learn from employers and employees about workforce development needs. mt
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