Construction has commenced on the $39 million GlassWorks Business Park in Clarion.
A 28.5-acre brownfield site formerly housing the Owens-Illinois Glass Plant will be turned into a compound with seven building pads ready for development. Property owner Miles Brothers LLC and the Clarion County Industrial Development Authority partnered to develop the land for office, warehouse, or light industrial use by installing utilities, lighting, and water and sewer infrastructure and excavating, grading and paving the sites, according to Area Development.
“After five years of planning, we’re finally to a point where we can bring opportunity back to Clarion,” said Theron L. Miles, owner and project director at Miles Brothers LLC. “When the glass plant closed, our community suffered a devastating loss. This impacted not only the employees that worked on this property but our entire economy.
“Today marks a new beginning for our town to achieve growth and prosperity. The GlassWorks Business Park would still be only a vision without the help and support we’ve received from our political leaders and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.”