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Shapiro Administration Funds Over $1.2 Million in PIDA Loans for Business Growth in Pennsylvania

The Shapiro Administration is allocating over $1.2 million in Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) loans for business expansion in Franklin and Westmoreland counties, Pennsylvania. The funds will support two projects through low-interest loans aimed at creating 27 new full-time jobs and retaining 10 existing ones.

In Franklin County, J&J Pallet and Recycling, LLC will receive a $367,000 loan to purchase a 16,400-square-foot facility in the Cumberland Valley Business Park, Chambersburg. This facility will enable the company to maintain its 10 existing full-time jobs. The loan has a 10-year term with a 5% fixed interest rate, and the total project cost is $1,780,000.

Throughout 2024, PIDA has approved loans amounting to $11,628,160, leveraging $20,086,789 in private investment and aiding in the creation and retention of 387 full-time jobs.


Earl L. Crawford, Jr. 1937-2024

Earl worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for 30 years before going into business for himself at Crawford Tire from 1981 until 2019.

Dennis W. Flythe 1953-2024

Denny attended Greencastle Antrim High School and graduated from Delaware State University. He focused on providing for his family and creating a legacy.

Arnold W. Wagaman 1939-2024

Arnie was employed at Mack Truck as a quality control specialist until his retirement; a total of 39 years. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing and gardening.

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On January 1, 2022, the torch was passed to Nathan Neil and his firm, Neil Publishing, LLC. Neil, a local entrepreneur with multiple thriving businesses in Chambersburg, shares Vicky's fervent commitment to both the community and the world of local journalism.

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