Plastics manufacturer breaks ground on new Hazleton-area site

IRIS USA officials traveled from Japan and throughout the United States to break ground Friday on a 500,000 square-foot site in the Humboldt Industrial Park near Hazleton. The project will bring nearly 100 jobs to the area. Pictured at the groundbreaking are, from left: Robert Fiume, president of the Hazleton Area School Board; Dr. Gary Lawler, chairman of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Jared Grissinger, of the PA Governor’s Action Team; state Rep. Tarah Toohil; state Sen. John Yudichak; Hiroyuki (Doc) Takahashi, president of IRIS USA; Akihiro Ohyama, IRIS Chairman and CEO; Kevin O’Donnell, CAN DO president and CEO; Jim Montone, chairman of Hazle Township supervisors; Eugene Kelleher, vice chairman of the Luzerne County council; Dr. John Madden, chairman of the CAN DO Board of Directors; Chris Perry, of Luzerne County council; Joseph Lettiere, CAN DO vice president; Dennis Dudeck, vice chairman of Hazle Township supervisors, and Gary Lamont, president of the CAN DO Community Foundation. -

HAZLE TWP. — IRIS USA, a leading manufacturer of clear plastic storage products, broke ground Friday on a 500,000 square-foot manufacturing and distribution center in the Humboldt Industrial Park, a press release says.

The company, based in Japan, also makes ready-to-assemble furniture and pet products.

It is investing $84 million into the site and expects to hire nearly 100 workers, the release noted.

The company’s website says it chose the Greater Hazleton area “for its abundant workforce and geographic location.”

Construction is expected to begin late this year and finish by early 2020.

CAN DO, a private, non-profit industrial/economic development corporation serving Greater Hazleton, worked for more than year with the Governor’s Action Team on the project, assisted by Hazle Township, the Hazleton Area School District and Luzerne County, which provided tax incentives through the LERTA program.

The Department of Community and Economic Development assisted with funding that includes a $237,500 Pennsylvania First grant, a $42,750 WEDnet grant for employee training and $285,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be issued after the new jobs are created.

This will be the company’s fourth location in the United States.

IRIS USA officials traveled from Japan and throughout the United States to break ground Friday on a 500,000 square-foot site in the Humboldt Industrial Park near Hazleton. The project will bring nearly 100 jobs to the area. Pictured at the groundbreaking are, from left: Robert Fiume, president of the Hazleton Area School Board; Dr. Gary Lawler, chairman of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Jared Grissinger, of the PA Governor’s Action Team; state Rep. Tarah Toohil; state Sen. John Yudichak; Hiroyuki (Doc) Takahashi, president of IRIS USA; Akihiro Ohyama, IRIS Chairman and CEO; Kevin O’Donnell, CAN DO president and CEO; Jim Montone, chairman of Hazle Township supervisors; Eugene Kelleher, vice chairman of the Luzerne County council; Dr. John Madden, chairman of the CAN DO Board of Directors; Chris Perry, of Luzerne County council; Joseph Lettiere, CAN DO vice president; Dennis Dudeck, vice chairman of Hazle Township supervisors, and Gary Lamont, president of the CAN DO Community Foundation.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_IRIS-USA-groundbreaking-1-1-1.jpegIRIS USA officials traveled from Japan and throughout the United States to break ground Friday on a 500,000 square-foot site in the Humboldt Industrial Park near Hazleton. The project will bring nearly 100 jobs to the area. Pictured at the groundbreaking are, from left: Robert Fiume, president of the Hazleton Area School Board; Dr. Gary Lawler, chairman of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Jared Grissinger, of the PA Governor’s Action Team; state Rep. Tarah Toohil; state Sen. John Yudichak; Hiroyuki (Doc) Takahashi, president of IRIS USA; Akihiro Ohyama, IRIS Chairman and CEO; Kevin O’Donnell, CAN DO president and CEO; Jim Montone, chairman of Hazle Township supervisors; Eugene Kelleher, vice chairman of the Luzerne County council; Dr. John Madden, chairman of the CAN DO Board of Directors; Chris Perry, of Luzerne County council; Joseph Lettiere, CAN DO vice president; Dennis Dudeck, vice chairman of Hazle Township supervisors, and Gary Lamont, president of the CAN DO Community Foundation.