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Governor Corbett Announces 50 New Jobs with New Sims-Lohman, Inc. Facility in Butler County

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April 1, 2014

Governor Corbett Announces 50 New Jobs with New Sims-Lohman, Inc. Facility in Butler County

Harrisburg Continuing to advance his JOBS1st PA initiative, Governor Tom Corbett announced today that Sims-Lohman, Inc., a manufacturer of granite countertops and a cabinet distributor for residential customers, has established facilities in Butler County, a move that will create 50 new jobs.

“Today, we celebrate another economic success in southwest Pennsylvania and we are proud to partner with Sims-Lohman to bring 50 new jobs to Butler County,” said Corbett. “As our economy continues to grow, companies are choosing Pennsylvania as the best place to grow their businesses and create family-sustaining jobs.”

Sims-Lohman, Inc. has entered into a lease for a 22,000-square-foot space in Cranberry Township, Butler County. The company plans to invest more than $1 million at the new site and has also committed to creating at least 50 new jobs over the next three years.

The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development including a $100,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant that facilitates investment and job creation and $50,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits.

“We are grateful to receive assistance from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and today’s announcement offers us the ability to bring new development into the heart of Butler County,” said John Beiersdorfer, President of Sims-Lohman. “Our decision to open a manufacturing facility in the commonwealth allows us to continue growing in our service area with home center stores and building professionals. In addition to granite fabrication, we have also opened an attractive cabinet sales showroom at the same location.”

The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the Governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance also collaborated on this project.

“Businesses of all kinds, including Sims-Lohman, are recognizing the value of the Pittsburgh region: its strategic location, competitive costs and ample, quality workforce. These reasons and more make Pittsburgh a solid investment destination. We congratulate Sims-Lohman on its decision to invest here and look forward to helping them to grow in the Pittsburgh region," said Pittsburgh Regional Alliance President Dewitt Peart.

Sims-Lohman is a manufacturer of granite countertops and distributor of cabinets for building professionals. The company also is a contract vendor for home center stores across the Pittsburgh marketplace.

For more information on Sims-Lohman, Inc. visit www.sims-lohman.com

In 2012, Gov. Corbett launched JOBS1st PA as a comprehensive roadmap to economic recovery that harnessed the state’s resources and talents to prioritize private-sector job creation and retention. Today, Pennsylvania's unemployment rate stands at a five-year low and jobs have been growing on a consistent basis for nearly four years.

For more information on Gov. Corbett’s commitment to job creation, visit www.pa.gov.

Media contacts:

Valerie Caras, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116

Lyndsay Kensinger, DCED; 717-783-1132

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