Holtec expands and hiring 500; Pittsburgh exports up

Riding on the tide of renewed interest in nuclear energy, the Holtec Manufacturing Division in Turtle Creek has expanded its plant and is hiring 500 in the next three to five years.

Formerly U.S. Tool & Die, HMD makes dry fuel storage canisters and high tech racks for nuclear utilities in the U.S. and around the world. Last year the Marlton, New Jersey-based firm, Holtec International, added 90,000 square feet to its manufacturing division, located on the site of the old Westinghouse East Pittsburgh Works.

HMD hired 75 last year and plans call for 500 hires in the coming years including manufacturing and welding engineers, production workers and machinists. In addition to work overseas in the Ukraine, Spain and Switzerland, HM is working with Westinghouse Electric to provide equipment related to its nuclear utility contracts in China.

“It’s truly exciting to be part of a business that’s growing and exporting,” says Mark Ackerman, sales and marketing manager. “It’s the untold story of local commerce.”

So lets tell the story. Exports and manufacturing is emerging as a local bright spot in the midst of the flagging economy. Reports show that Pennsylvania’s durable goods manufacturing sector has stabilized the past few years. The Pittsburgh also area ranked as the 24th largest exporting area in the country, moving up from 27th place in 2005, sending almost $8.3 billion in goods worldwide, according to the U.S. Commerce Dept.

In addition, another manufacturer has announced the construction of a new manufacturing plant in Aliquippa. Wolfpac Technologies will open its second plant at the city’s old LTV site on the Ohio River, creating 37 new jobs.

Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Mark Ackerman, Holtec Manufacturing Division;
U.S. Commerce Dept.

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