A British powdered metals company plans to build a $10 million factory that will employ 50 highly skilled full-time employees to the Lawrence Township Commerce Park.

Rob Swales, CEO of Clearly Ahead, which manages the commerce park, made the announcement at last night’s meeting of the Lawrence Township Planning Commission.

Makin Metal Powders of Rochdale, United Kingdom will be constructing an advanced manufacturing facility that will employ a number of highly skilled, science and technology positions.

“It’s going to be quite a diverse array of employment opportunities,” Swales said.

The factory will be located on 10-acres at 1670 Industrial Park Rd. and the factory will manufacture bronze, tin and copper powdered metals that are used in the powdered metals industry.

Clearfield County Commissioner John Sobel said that in addition to the $10 million investment and the 50 full time jobs Makin is brining to Clearfield County, the factory will also strengthen the regional powdered metal companies by lowering their costs by having a major supplier close by.

“It will be a tremendous enhancement not only to the county but the entire region,” Sobel said.

Commissioner Tony Scotto said the factory could add more jobs down the road.

“They want to bring a strong and successful presence in Clearfield,” Scotto said. “They are starting with modest employment numbers but they are hoping they become a more robust business partner and become a bigger employer in our area ... It’s good to see that we are getting international businesses looking at our region, and more developments could come our way.”

The company is seeking approval for a conditional use from the township to put the factory in the commerce park. The land the factory will be located on is Industrial Limited Special, according to township Code Enforcement Officer Debra Finkbeiner.

The planning commission recommended approval of the conditional use. A conditional use hearing will be held at the May 7 supervisors meeting.

Swales thanked the planning commission with their cooperation. He said they have been working on this project for about 18 months and they don’t have a date yet when construction will start. However, he said more details will be forthcoming when the lot consolidation and land development plans are submitted to the township in the near future.

“I think we really hit one out of the park this time,” Sobel said.

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