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PENNSYLVANIA STATE FUNDING APPROVED FOR BLAIR COUNTY COMPANY

 PENNSYLVANIA STATE FUNDING APPROVED FOR BLAIR COUNTY COMPANY
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Gov. Robert P. Casey announced today the approval of an additional $1.2 million in state funding to help a Blair County company renovate and begin operations in the former Procter-Silex plant in Antis Township.
 The funding, awarded through the state Machinery and Equipment Loan Fund (MELF) and Business Infrastructure Development (BID) program, will benefit E.R. Carpenter Inc., a pillow and bedding manufacturer.
 The company will receive a $250,000 low-interest MELF loan to acquire synthetic fiber garnetting equipment used in the manufacturing of pillows.
 The Central Blair County Sewer Authority will receive a $1 million BID grant to expand its Greenwood Sewage Treatment Plant to meet E.R. Carpenter's sewage disposal requirements.
 The company earlier received a $1.3 million loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority to acquire the plant.
 "This project is another example of how we're using our economic development resources to support businesses and create jobs," Casey said. "Our investment is helping to turn an empty factory into a productive facility that will create 92 jobs."
 BID grants may be used by municipalities on behalf of industrial firms to acquire land and construct access roads, water and sewer treatment facilities, storm drainage systems and rail and port facilities.
 MELF is targeted to industrial and manufacturing companies, agricultural processors and mining operations. The loans may be used for the acquisition and upgrading of machinery and equipment.
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 /CONTACT: Ron Jury of the 717-783-1132/ CO: E.R. Carpenter Inc., Pennsylvania Department of Commerce ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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