Maybe Maronda will start parade toward Mon Valley
So it is true.
Good things do come to those who wait.
At least it seemed that way last week when ground was broken in Monessen for a complex that, when it opens later this year or early next year, will employ roughly 100 area residents.
It’s been a long time since that kind of project came to Monessen — a community still reeling from the economic sting caused by the decline of the domestic steel industry.
The deal that brought Maronda Homes Inc. of Pittsburgh to Monessen was put together largely by Doug Farnham of Belle Vernon-based Farnham and Pfile Inc. and state Rep. Ted Harai of Monessen.
Farnham’s firm is contributing $7 million to $8 million to the development of a new home for Maronda’s prefabricated house building business on property owned by the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corp. in the city’s Riverfont Industrial Park.
And Harhai secured a verbal commitment from Gov. Ed Rendell that the state will contribute another $5 million to the project.
Initially, Maronda will employ about 100 area residents at two manufacturing facilities that will cover some 240,000 square feet, according to project manager Jim Rey of General Industries.
But Farnham said expansion could create additional jobs and bring the development to about 500,000 square feet that would cover 29 acres.
Harhai said the Monessen location attracted Maronda because major highways are nearby and the construction site is near railroad lines and the Monongahela River.
Harhai said cooperation among city, county and state organizations in moving the project along was impressive.
“It’s a happy day in Westmoreland County,” Harhai said at the groundbreaking. “This is a long time coming. I’m extremely pleased. I’m just so proud of the fact that everyone pulled together to get this to where we are today.”
We commend that spirit of cooperation and praise the result it achieved.
And we welcome Maronda to the Mid-Mon Valley and hope the firm’s move to here proves so successful that other businesses looking for places to expand will follow its lead.