Blair County just solidified a deal for the construction of a fracking pump company, which manufactures and fixes pumps.
According to the Altoona Mirror, Gardner Denver will build plant in $15 million plant in Tipton. Blair County is not as a location known for being rich in Marcellus Shale. However, part of the appeal of building the plant there was because of its central location to drilling sites in Pennsylvania.
Altoona made sense, because it was two hours from each hotspot, said a consultant who spoke at the dedication.
Once Gardner Denver fixed on this area, Altoona-Blair County Development Corp. directed towards the I-99 Enterprise Campus, which was ready to receive its first tenant.
That fit with the company's plans, because it was in a hurry to start, and because it liked the campus' proximity to Interstate 99, which can easily handle trucks transporting heavy pumps.
The project took just seven months.
"It's the perfect location," said Pennypacker, whose company recently relocated its headquarters to Philadelphia from Illinois.
It's estimated that the new plant will bring in 100 jobs by this time next year.