The company will continue to operate its Leetsdale facility, which serves as its Pittsburgh regional office and eastern operations headquarters.
J.T. Thorpe & Son received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $260,000 Pennsylvania First grant, and up to $58,500 in WEDnetPA funding to train its workforce.
The company has committed to making an investment of at least $2.9 million on the project and the creation of 130 new, full-time jobs and retention of 68 additional positions statewide over the next three years.
“JTT is excited to bring the largest capacity fireproofing facility in North America to the state of Pennsylvania," Kevin Howard, JTT vice president of eastern operations, said in a statement. "Our new operation benefits from a homegrown, skilled, union workforce who can expertly deliver a superior product for our customers."
"As Pennsylvania continues its production of natural gas, JTT is focused on providing downstream solutions so Pennsylvania can not only produce the raw materials, but also build the structures that will process it."
The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, a group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania
Governor Tom Wolf said in a statement, "Today’s jobs that pay announcement is yet another example of the importance of the manufacturing industry in Pennsylvania."
“J.T. Thorpe’s commitment to Pennsylvania should be celebrated and my administration is proud to support a project that means so much for the residents of Beaver County and the surrounding communities.”
J.T. Thorpe & Son, Inc., the largest refractory contractor in North America, specializes in the engineering, supply and installation of refractory, fireproofing, and acid resistant materials.
Founded in 1906, JTT performs work nationwide in a multitude of industries, including refining, mineral processing, power, gasification, incineration, steel/metals, and petro-chemical. JTT is a wholly owned subsidiary of Terra Millennium Corporation, which was ranked number 34 on Engineering News-Record’s “2015 Top 600 Specialty Contractors.”