Natural gas drilling to bring jobs to area

Growth in Pennsylvania’s energy industry will bring 50 new jobs to Blair County over the next three years, according to a release from Gov. Tom Corbett’s office.

Curry Supply Co., a Martinsburg-based group that produces commercial service vehicles for a variety of industries, has established a new facility at the DeGol Industrial Park in Hollidaysburg, according to the release.

In leasing the 50,000-square-foot space, Curry Supply has committed to creating new jobs and maintaining 144 others, according to the release.

Corbett said in the release that the growth of the natural gas industry, as a result of Marcellus Shale, has opened opportunities for companies like Curry to expand their horizons.

“The growth of our energy industry is reigniting our manufacturing and leading to new jobs for Pennsylvanians,” Corbett said in the release. “Marcellus Shale presents new opportunity for Pennsylvania companies like Curry Supply Co. to develop new technologies to increase productivity and environmental safety.”

According to the release, Curry Supply Company will invest $2.4 million in the site. The company has received funding from several grants through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, including $30,000 that will be used to train its new workforce, according to the release. A $150,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant, which facilitates investment and job creation, according to the release, and $100,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits were also funneled into the project by DCED.

Mark Ritchey, Curry Supply Principal Partner, said in the release that the company has seen “incredible growth,” and this expansion allows it to better serve its customers.

The Governor’s Action Team collaborated with the Altoona Blair County Development Corp. to bring the project to fruition, according to the release.

“We are very grateful and appreciative to the entire Ritchey Family and the team of employees at Curry Supply for their continued investment in Blair County,” Martin J. Marasco, president and CEO of ABCD Corp., said in the release. “This company and project provides employment opportunities that benefit not only Curry Supply but also Blair County, the I-99 Corridor Region and the Commonwealth.”