HARRISBURG, PA-The state’s Department of Economic and Community Development and Gov. Ed Rendell’s action team hand out more than $13.6 million in grants and other funding for 14 projects in nine counties. Chief among them is a package of two grants totaling $1.8 million for expansion of Allentown-based Air Products’ specialty gas production facility in Hometown, near Allentown. The lion’s share, $1.2 million, is from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, with the remainder from DCED.

Scranton-based Cinram Manufacturing Inc., which makes CDs, is another major recipient. With more than $2.1 million in DCED funding, the company will expand to increase its DVD production capacity. With a financial package of just almost $2.5 million, BabyAge Inc. will relocate its infant and juvenile distribution facilities from New Jersey to Hanover, and Graham Packaging Co. will establish a plastic bottle manufacturing plant in nearby Hazleton with a $1.2-million funding package.

In Northumberland County, Fleetwood Motor Homes of Pennsylvania received approximately $1.3 million to expand operations, beginning with development of a 53-acre parcel in Ralpho Township. A second phase of its expansion calls for construction of a 140,000-sf paint and finishing center.

Other projects, all receiving less than $1 million, include PPG, which is relocating its chemical business group from Pittsburgh to Monroeville; Thermacore International, which is closing a plant in Mexico and expanding its facility in Manheim in Lancaster County, and Emanuel Tire of Pennsylvania, which is expanding its plant in Plymouth in Montgomery County.

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