Jeannette’s Elliott Group presented as a model of economic development for the State
Countries around the world have a piece of Brownie.
With few exceptions, compressors, turbines and cryogenic pumps designed and manufactured at Elliott Group’s US headquarters are shipped around the world, a testament to the 110-year-old company’s ability to grow and grow. adapt while keeping a talented workforce close to home, according to chief operating officer Michael Storms.
That’s exactly the kind of company Pennsylvania is looking for, said Steve D’Ettore, assistant secretary for technology and innovation for the state Department of Community and Economic Development.
“Manufacturing is a key industry in Pennsylvania,” he said during a tour of the company’s engineering and manufacturing operations in Jeannette.
The tour was conducted in conjunction with Manufacturing Week in Pennsylvania. Storms drove a small group through the Elliott complex off Harrison Avenue, highlighting various pieces of equipment being built, tested or readied to be shipped for use in industries such as oil and gas , liquefied gas and petrochemicals.
A $60 million cryogenic pump test rig has been operating for about a year on a separate 13-acre property off Bullitt Avenue that previously housed the Jeannette Glass factory, which was closed in 1983 and left to decay. Local, state and federal dollars were used to acquire the land and prepare it for redevelopment.
The new facility has added around 100 jobs there and at the headquarters complex a short drive away, making the Elliott Group one of the few companies in the world to manufacture cryopumps and regulators. Elliott is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based Ebara Corp.
Elliott Group Chief Executive Nobu Miyaki met with state officials and expressed his gratitude for the department’s support.
“We are very proud to have this new test bed in Jeannette,” he said.
The business, which has been in Jeannette since 1914 after moving from Pittsburgh, has employed generations of families and is tied to the community, he said.
“It’s our advantage to be here,” Miyaki said.
About 980 employees work at the Jeannette site, and the company connects with local high schools and universities to expose students to potential jobs and recruit. Storms discussed employee benefits while explaining jobs in different parts of the plant during the tour.
While pointing to a huge compressor being readied for shipment, Storms mentioned the work of Elliott Group employees to find suitable routes that can handle heavy loads of up to around 250,000 pounds or more.
A $1.2 million state investment in modifications to the Amos K. Hutchinson – Toll Route 66 Bypass – including road and toll plaza improvements to better accommodate these large trucks has been completed in 2017. That helped tremendously, Storms told D’Ettorre.
“Hopefully some of the infrastructure money that’s coming in can help in other areas,” D’Ettorre said.