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Posted on: September 3, 2015

Alcoa to invest $60M in Pittsburgh-area research center, add 100 jobs


Alcoa Inc. is investing $60 million in its Pittsburgh-area research and development facility in order to expand the company's additive manufacturing capabilities.

The multipronged investment, which was announced by the company Thursday, will fund an 18,000-square-foot physical expansion, as well as allow for additional investment in equipment related to powder manufacturing; process and product design; and qualification. The expansion is expected to add more than 100 full-time jobs at the New Kensington Alcoa Technical Center.

"3-D printing is now emerging as a viable manufacturing option, but there is still work that needs to be done and optimization that needs to occur before there is wider industry adoption," said Ray Kilmer, executive vice president and chief technology officer for Alcoa (NYSE: AA). Kilmer leads the company's R&D initiatives and is based at the ATC.

Taking 3-D printing to wider-scale adoption is going to require better feedstocks, such as metal powders, tailored specifically to the 3-D printing process, he said.

"We think with this investment Alcoa is going to have the ability and opportunity to bring really unique products to market," Kilmer said.

The demand for complex, high-performance 3-D printed parts is growing in a number of markets, including automotive, medical, building and construction, as well as aerospace—an area Alcoa has been investing in heavily in recent years. Currently, Alcoa can produce over 90 percent of the structural and rotating components on jet engines, according to Kilmer.

On Thursday, the company also unveiled its Ampliforge process, a technique which was developed in partnership with the ATC and Alcoa's business units, which combines advanced materials, designs and additive and traditional manufacturing processes. Kilmer said the process can enhance the properties of 3-D printed parts, such as increasing toughness and strength. The process is being piloted in Pittsburgh and Cleveland.

The new construction will be an addition to an existing building located at the ATC campus and is expected to create 45 temporary jobs.

The Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development, Westmoreland County, Upper Burrell Township and Burrell School District have agreed to support the project through a mixture of financial support and tax abatements, resulting in an estimated cost savings of up to $10 million, according to Alcoa.

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Posted on: February 24, 2015

IRS drops $4.6M lien against former Monsour property in Jeannette

A $4.6 million Internal Revenue Service lien against the former Monsour Medical Center property in Jeannette has been discharged.

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Posted on: February 24, 2015

Bids expected for demolition of Monsour Medical Center in Jeannette

Westmoreland County hopes to advertise for bids next month to demolish the dilapidated Monsour Medical Center building in Jeannette if there is a resolution to the dispute over $3.5 million in liens against Monsour, a county official said this week.

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Posted on: February 24, 2015

Westmoreland County Land Bank Sells First Property



April Kopas

Westmoreland County Land Bank Sells Its First Properties

GREENSBURG (February 24) The Board of Directors of the Westmoreland County Land Bank today announced the sale of two parcels in the Borough of West Newton to the First Church of God, clearing the way for a new parking area in the community. The sale marks the first purchase of a property from the Land Bank and is thought to be the first of its kind in the state.
According to April Kopas, Executive Director of the Land Bank, “These properties were acquired because they were abandoned and unsafe structures; and the reuse will benefit the entire community. The Borough of West Newton spearheaded this effort, and the local government was the driving force behind stabilizing this neighborhood.”

Borough officials worked to have the property located at 203 North Second Street donated while 201 North Second Street was in the county’s repository of unsold tax-delinquent properties – both were acquired by the Land Bank.

The county’s Redevelopment Authority removed the unsafe structures on the site in December 2014. “They were a danger to the neighborhood,” Pastor Elizabeth Dunlap said referring to the eye-sore of dilapidated buildings that plagued the neighborhood for more than a decade. “It was such a blessing to see what opportunities it has brought to our community. The Land Bank was very supportive and helpful throughout the whole process”.

Howard Crissman, president of the council at First Church of God, said it was important for the church to acquire land for parking and estimates it will invest $50,000 to construct the lot with 15-20 parking spots this spring. “It'll help to brighten up the neighborhood,” Crissman said.

The strategy of the Land Bank rethinks the value and potential of vacant and abandoned properties – approaching them as assets rather than a disposable commodity – with the goal of combating blight and returning investment to neighborhoods. The lots were purchased for $1,598; transaction fees and closing costs brought the transaction total closer to $3,600. Under the sales agreement, the church has agreed to allow the property to be taxable.

Pamela Humenik, borough secretary, is thrilled that this is the first Land Bank property sale of its kind in Pennsylvania. “It is wonderful that our town is first,” said Humenik. We will keep working with the Land Bank to drive investment back into our community”.

To view available properties or to learn more about the Land Bank, visit www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/landbank.
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Posted on: February 2, 2015

Warehouse will double Leed's space in Westmoreland Business and Research Park

Promotional products manufacturer Leedsworld Inc. said it will build a huge warehouse on the last large parcel of land available in Westmoreland County's biggest industrial park.

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