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Building on Success in Pennsylvania

Find out why major corporations are moving to Pennsylvania.

By Bill Lewis on May 25, 2023

Rendering of First National Bank’s new headquarters in Pittsburgh
First National Bank

Companies of all sizes are choosing to invest, grow and create jobs in Pennsylvania, where the unmatched quality of life, affordable cost of living, diversity and educational opportunities make it easy to attract and retain top talent.

Communities across the state are benefitting from their investment in new facilities and more jobs. First National Bank (FNB) is building its new headquarters in the historic Hill District of Pittsburgh. Guardian Booth, a leading manufacturer of prefabricated structures from New York, is relocating to Franklin County on the Pennsylvania-Maryland border. Wren Manufacturing Inc., the United Kingdom’s largest kitchen retailer, selected Luzerne County in Northeast Pennsylvania for its North American headquarters and a manufacturing center.

“Pittsburgh is an ideal headquarters location because our growth is impactful, even more than in other markets. Our region also is flush with technological talent, financial services professionals and top-tier universities, which benefits recruitment and drives innovation at our company,” says Vincent J. Delie Jr., chairman, president and CEO of FNB Corp. and First National Bank.

First National Bank breaks ground on its new headquarters.
First National Bank

Inclusion Builds Wealth

FNB Financial Center, a 26-story, 548,000-square-foot office tower in Pittsburgh, launched one of the largest urban development initiatives in the nation when construction began in 2021.

“As part of our expansion strategy, we locate facilities in urban, predominantly minority, low-to-moderate-income or rural communities where we can provide jobs and development opportunities. As a driver of our headquarters project, FNB has been proud to collaborate with the development team and local community to honor the rich history of the Hill District, a predominantly minority community, while playing an instrumental role in the future of our entire region,” says Delie.

FNB has taken steps to ensure the surrounding community can participate in the economic and wealth-building benefits created by FNB Financial Center, he says.

“We are committed to fulfilling some of the highest requirements in the country for participation in contracting by minority- and women-owned businesses and have contributed millions of dollars to programs that enable local firms to get involved in the project.”

Vincent J. Delie Jr., FNB Corp. and First National Bank

Talented Workforce

Wren will establish its North American headquarters and a manufacturing center in the Hanover Industrial Estates in Hanover Township and Sugar Notch Borough, creating a combined 360 new jobs in Luzerne County.

Wren Manufacturing is a privately owned British designer, manufacturer and retailer of custom kitchen cabinets. The company plans to establish retail centers across North America and provide support from Pennsylvania. The company leased a 252,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and a 10,046-square-foot office facility in Luzerne County. Wren expects to invest more than $15 million in improvements and new equipment.

“Luzerne County has a tremendous amount of talent in the local area, and its location allows us to reach a huge percentage of the American population within a short drive time,” says Rafal Klimek, manufacturing and logistics director for Wren.

Guardian Booth
Guardian Booth Operations/Marketing

Location, Location, Location

Guardian Booth, a leading manufacturer of prefabricated structures, announced the relocation of its New York headquarters to Franklin County, located in South Central Pennsylvania. The company expects to create 33 new jobs.

Guardian Booth also announced plans to acquire Homes by Keystone, a prefabricated home builder, and retain its employees.

“Our strategic directive was to expand our geographical reach to support customers throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Midwest and Southeast while increasing our manufacturing footprint over the next few years. Franklin County was the perfect fit in terms of location. We feel lucky to have found Homes by Keystone, which has lots of synergy to our existing business model and allows Guardian Booth to expand its portfolio into modular prefabricated homes,” says Abraham Taub, owner and CEO of Guardian Booth.

Business relocations and expansions benefit communities across that state. FNB’s new headquarters in Pittsburgh is a good example.

“The entire FNB Financial Center development is expected to be a catalyst for nearly $1 billion in overall economic expansion and the creation of more than 1,000 jobs,” Delie says. “It is a win for our city across the board, presenting significant opportunities for our company and fostering continued progress and benefit for residents and businesses.”

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