Felice: MCIDC ready for big things in 2022 | News, Sports, Jobs


LEWISTOWN – During Monday’s annual meeting of members of the Mifflin County Industrial Development Corporation, President and CEO Nick Felice provided highlights on the state of the company.

He called 2021 a positive and said: “The MCIDC is ready for big things in 2022. We have laid the groundwork for several plaza redevelopment projects. The demolition of the 5C Building is getting closer to reality, with the completion of a hazardous materials reduction project. MCIDC also commissioned a preliminary technical study to determine the best way to locate a new warehouse structure on site.

Felice said a local business has shown interest in the site.

A second site in the square, known as building 34, is also planned for the reduction of hazardous materials.

“Once completed, this structure can be razed, opening up a 3-acre footprint for new construction,” said Felice. “It’s always better to use existing infrastructure and rebuild on impermeable surfaces. Costs are reduced by avoiding the construction of new stormwater retention facilities. As a non-profit entity, we must use our resources in the most efficient way.

If those plans come to fruition, the place could see an investment of nearly $ 25 million, Felice said.

“We took a close look at the second floor of Building 58, above the Careerlink offices,” said Felice. “A technical and architectural study for the efficient reuse of space has been carried out. The space has high ceilings, concrete floors and an industrial feel. The space would need an elevator and two stairwells to make it a viable office space. We could develop it into 5,000 square feet of rental office space. Renovation costs are estimated at $ 1.5 million. A secure, long-term tenant would be needed before MCIDC could make this kind of commitment.

Written reports from the meeting detailed the continued investments in MCIDC Plaza buildings and facilities. Concrete floor repairs, roof replacement, removal and replacement of partitions have been or will be completed.

“The capital projects planned for the year have been completed”, said Felice. “Maintenance expenses remain stable. Older buildings require repairs. Most often, these fixes are needed in heavily used areas. The MCIDC allocates at least a quarter of a million dollars per year for maintenance. Fortunately, we are fortunate to have strong cash flow and have the resources to make repairs in a timely manner. “

In terms of economic development, expanding businesses continue to seek new locations and opportunities.

“We regularly receive requests for information from companies outside the State looking for large sites with rail access”, said Felice. “They usually want 80 to 100 acres located next to a railroad track, with a lot of electricity and natural gas capacity. Over the years, the MCIDC has sold all but 40 acres in the Mifflin County Industrial Park. At some point in the future, we hope to acquire additional land and really compete for these larger projects. “

Workforce development was also mentioned. Felice spoke about MCIDC’s support to the Juniata Valley Chamber of Commerce Business and Education Committee.

“Our organization has provided funds to assist group activities which aim to expose middle and high school students to technology-based and practical career paths. “ said Felice. “Our economy needs individuals who can think and act critically, in the physical sense. Carpenters, plumbers, electricians, machinists and mechanics are all needed throughout the economy. The committee wants to make sure that students have a full idea of ​​the options available to them and how they can access training to enter these fields.

“This committee is our local ‘farming system’ in a way similar to minor league baseball. We are developing players for current and future positions. As robotics makes its way into more manufacturing processes, it will be necessary to maintain these machines. Also, I don’t think a robot plumber is coming to anyone’s house anytime soon.

MCIDC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote job growth and income in Mifflin County.

For more information, visit www.mcidc.org.

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