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Fallowfield Township business park ready for tenants

| Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

When the Middle Monongahela Industrial Development Association hosts a road dedication at the top of Simko Boulevard in the Alta Vista Business Park this week, it will mark a milestone for the Fallowfield Township site.

All of the property in the park, which overlooks Interstate 70, will be pad-ready with road access.

“With this final construction, Alta Vista's infrastructure will be completely in place,” said LueAnn Pawlick, executive director of MIDA, which owns the park.

“The entire park is open and pad-ready.”

While construction has been ongoing, MIDA has been simultaneously marketing the park.

Pawlick said MIDA is working with a broker about the possible sale of one parcel. MIDA also has “several other serious contenders” for other parcels of in the park, she said.

By next year, all of the property in Phase I of the park will be sold and a significant portion of the newlycompleted Phase II will be sold, Pawlick said.

“I think we're going to be filled up soon,” Pawlick said. “Getting the infrastructure completed will expedite development there.”

Growth at Alta Vista has been more than a decade in the making.

In the spring of 2000, MIDA announced plans to develop Alta Vista. Progeny Systems, a naval defense contractor, was the cornerstone occupant for phase I.

Others in that section are Excide Battery and Weatherford, a drilling service company that supports the Marcellus shale industry.

Last year, Gardner Denver Nash moved into phase II, bringing along its divisional global headquarters and North American distribution center. The company produces liquid ring pumps and compressors for use in the oil and gas, petrochemical, paper, mining and general industrial products industries.

“We have been growing the park gradually as we're able to obtain funding,” Pawlick said. “I feel we're getting the right kind of companies. I'm happy with the progress we've made.”

Earlier the past summer, Scientific Drilling International purchased two lots on Vista Drive.

The international firm conducts directional drilling and seismic navigation for the oil and gas industry. The firm will locate its operations in Alta Vista when construction is completed on two buildings there.

Waukesha-Pearce also recently committed to Alta Vista. The Houston, Texas-based company distributes, rents and services engine-driven equipment and parts for the oil and gas and construction industries.

Waukesha-Pierce will begin construction of its facility within the coming months.

MIDA was formed in 1966 to convert a former steel site in Donora into an industrial park.

The goal was to attract companies and bring jobs to the shuttered U.S. Steel site.

Today, MIDA oversees three business/industrial parks in the Valley.

In October 1998, MIDA merged with the Greater Charleroi Industrial Development Corp., taking control of the Speers park.

And another industrial park may be in MIDA's future.

“We are actively considering other areas,” Pawlick said. “We're evaluating other properties. We've been looking, but we haven't found that right property yet.”

Pawlick, though, is confident, an announcement on a new park is in MIDA's future plans.

“I would like to say we would have an announcement in 2014, but were still in evaluation stage,” Pawlick said. “We're considering all options.”

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or cbuckley@tribweb.com.

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