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Elliott Group officially announces intention to expand manufacturing in Jeannette

Renatta Signorini
| Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, 8:30 a.m.
An overhead view of the former Jeannette Glass site from August after the completion of a $6 million remediation and redevelopment project by the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corp.
An overhead view of the former Jeannette Glass site from August after the completion of a $6 million remediation and redevelopment project by the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corp.
A rendering of Elliott Group’s cryogenic testing facility that will be located at the former Jeannette Glass site.
A rendering of Elliott Group’s cryogenic testing facility that will be located at the former Jeannette Glass site.

It’s official: Elliott Group ended months of silence and announced its intention to build a test facility at the former Jeannette Glass site.

Construction on a proposed cryogenic pump test stand could begin next year and become operational by 2020, said Carol Gatewood, Elliott Group vice president, legal affairs and general counsel in a news release.

The new facility and added manufacturing operations at Elliott’s current U.S. headquarters facility in Jeannette will add between 110 and 140 jobs to the company’s workforce in the city.

“Elliott’s decision to expand our business in Jeannette is based upon our long history in the community, and the synergies between our existing manufacturing capabilities and the new test facility that we intend to build,” Gatewood said in the release.

The Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corp. in March approved a resolution authorizing the sale of the property to Elliott Group for $600,000. Elliott officials had not commented publicly about the agreement until Tuesday. Company officials were expected to detail their proposal on Wednesday to the Jeannette planning commission in their bid to secure approval to use the 13.8-acre property on a conditional basis.

Cryogenic pumps and expanders will be built at Elliott’s existing headquarters after the acquisition last year of Ebara International Corp.’s Cryodynamics Division in Nevada, officials said. Testing of those pumps and expanders will take place at the proposed facility — about 1.5 miles away — prior to shipping.

An application filed with the city showed that Elliott plans to add green space, trees and shrubs to soften the view of the facility in the city’s downtown area as well as a security fence and shields to direct lighting away from nearby homes. Twenty employees will work three full-time shifts at the new facility, according to the application.

Elliott officials are working with local and state agencies in planning the facility which will be composed of eight buildings on four acres. The sale is contingent upon the approval of various project permits and requirements.

Planning commission members will make a recommendation to council, which could vote on the request Oct. 11.

The Elliott Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Tokyo-based Ebara Corp., supplies compressors and turbines for liquefied natural gas plants.

City officials in May approved heavy manufacturing as a conditional use for the property that the IDC bought for $305,000 at a 2012 tax sale.

After the 2012 purchase, county officials faced years of legal challenges from the previous owner, Abraham Zion of New York. He paid $4 million for the old factory in 1983. The state Supreme Court upheld the IDC sale, and the parties reached a settlement in 2016, the year Zion died.

Officials last year broke ground on the $6 million redevelopment project, which has been funded by state and local dollars. It wrapped up this summer.

Rusted buildings and hazardous remnants of glass making have been replaced with grass and clean, fresh soil.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Renatta at 724-837-5374, rsignorini@tribweb.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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