RIDC Westmoreland - A Time Line
|History of the New Stanton Site
1965 - 1,200 acre site prior to development
|Decades before Sony, the area was first deemed attractive to Chrysler Corporation officials who saw the industrial potential of the rural swath of land between Route 119 and Interstate 70. This is where they began construction of an auto plant in 1968, but due to an industry-wide slowdown, Chrysler was forced to delay opening indefinitely and never finished construction of the building. The unfinished shell sat idle for several years, but the state's investment paid off.
|| 1967 - 1977 -
|In 1976, Volkswagen of America was attracted to the empty building where they completed infrastructure improvements and set up an assembly plant for the company's fuel-efficient Rabbit. The German company's arrival brought a much-anticipated measure of prosperity to the region. The first Rabbits rolled off the line in 1978, eventually producing some 200,000 cars, and employing close to 5,700 people at its peak production. For almost 12 years, with an average employment of 2,500, Volkswagen operated its assembly plant producing the fuel-efficient model and then the community suffered yet another setback. In 1988, Volkswagen announced it would close its doors, presenting the County once again with the challenge of finding a new tenant for the 2.8 million SF facility.
|| 1978 - 1988 -
|About the same
|| 2003 -
| State and local officials began developing an aggressive plan for reuse of the facility. In April 2010, WCIDC along with The Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania (RIDC) joined in a partnership agreement with the owner of the facility, Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA), to provide a comprehensive analysis of the development potential of the
Thus far, members of this economic development team have conducted an interim maintenance plan, a real estate market analysis, and a master plan for the reuse of the site for multiple businesses including code analysis, infrastructure needs, physical construction requirements and transportation and utility access.
With intent to lease the facility, the partnership has combined their resources toward the common goal of facilitating growth in employment numbers at the site.
To date, approximately 1 million square feet of space has been leased to long-term tenants.
|2010 - Site Layout 1. Main Building 2. Administrative Building 3. Central Utilities Plant (CUP) 4. Site Maintenance Facility 5. Waste Water Treatment Plant|