Grant for Glatfelter gets York County commissioners' support


York County commissioners took steps on Wednesday to get already approved state grant money to Glatfelter.

The company was awarded a $5 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant more than a year ago through then-Gov. Tom Corbett's office to install natural gas boilers. The company was also awarded a $1 million to move its entrance off the busy South Main Street in Spring Grove.

However, that funding stream hasn't yet flowed to the company, said Kenetha Hansen, vice president of economic development with the York County Economic Alliance, who addressed commissioners as assistant secretary of the county Industrial Development Authority.

Vote: For their part, commissioners at their weekly meeting approved a cooperation agreement between the county and the authority, which Hansen said is a step to get the funding released to the company.

"This is just part of the usual paperwork we have to go through," she said after the meeting, adding receiving the funding is a long process.

Under RACP, construction projects have to start before the money is released to the recipient, Hansen said.

The lion's share of the funding will go toward a $63 million project to replace Glatfelter's three coal-fired boilers with two natural gas boilers, which is a U.S. Environmental Protection agency regulation the company must comply with by Jan. 31, 2017, said James Loder, its energy director.

The project also includes laying a pipeline to bring in gas to feed the boilers and other work. The RACP grant will specifically fund electrical and mechanical work, he said.

The pipeline could create new opportunities for other industrial, commercial and other users in the area, the company has said.

Entrance: The $1 million grant will be used address security-type issues, mainly shifting the entrance to the facility to out of Spring Grove, said Robert Miller, senior project engineer, adding the project will also increase security at the plant to make sure people who aren't supposed to be there are kept out.

The new entrance to the facility will be in the 500 block of Old Hanover Road, alleviating congestion on the borough's main thoroughfare, which is South Main Street, he said.

"Anyone who has driven through Spring Grove during the week know the kind of congestion" that develops, Miller said.

Glatfelter employs 950 workers in York County and has annual sales of approximately $1.7 billion.

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