All Weather Insulated Panels, a California-based manufacturer of insulated metal panels with two manufacturing facilities, one in California and one in Arkansas, will open a third manufacturing operation in Monroe County.
The project will help create at least 70 full-time jobs in the area, according to a Sept. 27 announcement by Gov. Tom Wolf.
AWIP, which manufactures panels for use in energy efficient building construction, will increase its insulated metal panel production capacity with the project, which includes the purchase of an existing building in Stroud Township. The company has committed to investing at least $24 million in the project, and creating at least 70 new, full-time jobs over the next three years.
“We welcome All Weather Insulated Panels to Pennsylvania and, specifically, to Monroe County,” said Gov. Wolf. “The investments being made in business expansion and job creation by the company and the commonwealth will impact both the local community and the local economy, and we look forward to continued investments in the years to come.”
Natalia Rizzatti, president of All Weather Insulated Panels, said that she is excited that the company chose Pennsylvania as the location of their newest manufacturing facility.
“This location provides us with a strategic geographic position that will support our ambitious growth plans,” she said.
AWIP received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for the project.
The proposal includes a $315,000 Pennsylvania First grant, $70,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of new jobs, and a $78,000 workforce development grant to help the company train workers.
The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, a state sponsored group of economic development professionals who work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.