LOCK HAVEN - First Quality Enterprises Inc. has announced that it is considering alternative plans for expanding the company's absorbent hygiene product manufacturing and warehousing capabilities.
Following a final feasibility analysis, First Quality will provide further details regarding the scope and locations of such expansion.
"This planned investment further demonstrates First Quality's commitment to satisfy market demand by producing and timely delivering high-quality absorbent hygiene products to our valued customers," the company stated in a brief news release on its website.
First Quality currently manufactures absorbent hygiene products at two of its plant in Pennsylvania: The Harold Sweeney Industrial Park in McElhattan and in Lewistown.
Clinton County Economic Partnership President and CEO Mike Flanagan said he met with First Quality officials concerning a couple of different items last week.
"They say there is a lot on the table, and no options have been ruled in or out with regard to possible expansions mentioned in the website release," he said. "First Quality has been an important part of our greater community for almost 25 years, and we have always believed that company expansion - wherever it is is good news for the First Quality base in Clinton County. You can be assured, however, that the Partnership and local officials would work with First Quality on any local projects."
First Quality has land available at its First Quality Tissue site in Castanea Township, about five acres in Wayne Township, and around 50 acres in Lamar Township. First Quality will soon have to vacate its tractor-trailer parking on Clinton County Solid Waste Authority land because of the ongoing redevelopment at the landfill.
First Quality has approximately 1,500 employees in its various Clinton County businesses, led by the 694 people who work at First Quality Products (adult diapers).
The plant in the Harold Sweeney Industrial Park is the largest employer in Clinton County.
FQ Tissue in Castanea Township, at the site of the old paper mill, has about 400 employees.
Nutek Disposables has 167 employees, and FQ Hygienic has 139. Both are located in Sweeney Park.
FQ also has Pennsylvania operations in Hazleton, Lewistown and King of Prussia, as well as facilities in Georgia and South Carolina. First Quality's new nonwoven facility in Wuxi, China is expected to open by the end of the year.