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New business, jobs coming to Lewistown

Spectra Wood purchases former GE building

LEWISTOWN — The former General Electric Inspection Technologies building in Granville Township, closed since 2017, will be home to a new-to-Mifflin County business, in the spring of 2019: Spectra Wood.

“We were looking for a place to grow in and we found the ideal town and the ideal location to grow in,” Manager Richard Hedden said Tuesday.

Hedden said Spectre Wood is a furniture manufacturing company that creates American-made, solid wood furniture, both residential — bedroom, dining and entertainment — via retailers such as Crate and Barrel and Room and Board and industrial — technology podiums, etc. — directly to universities, such as Penn State.

With 115 employees in their Carolean Industrial Drive, State College location, Hedden said this family-oriented business is looking to grow in stages, adding “many dozens of people in the future” at their 50 Industrial Park Road, Lewistown location.

“We’re certainly excited about the fact that it’s an expansion for the company into Mifflin County,” said Nick Felice, president/CEO of Mifflin County Industrial Development Corporation. “It’s good for the region overall. It’s nice to see the building to be re-tasked and it’s a positive for the whole community for the job creation it will make over time.”

According to www.spectrawood.com, the company has been in business for 45 years, beginning with a family workshop. Their State College location includes a showroom and 90,000 square foot manufacturing facility.

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