1001 Technology Drive • Mt Pleasant, PA
RIDC is transforming the 2 million + square foot former Sony plant into a manufacturing space for multiple high-growth tenants.
In 1969, on over 1,200 acres adjacent to Route 119 near Interstate 70 and the New Stanton exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Chrysler built the shell of a plant, but never completed the building. However, in 1976, with nearly $100 million in government assistance, highway and rail improvements, and a property-tax exemption for the nation’s first foreign-owned auto assembly plant, Volkswagen moved in and invested over $250 million into the building to manufacture its diesel-powered Rabbit. During its 12-year stay at the plant, Volkwagon produced the Rabbit, the Golf and the Jetta. On July 14, 1988, the last Volkswagen rolled out of the plant.
Sony began leasing the plant in 1990 to accommodate its cathode ray tube manufacturing operations for television and display terminals. By the late 1990’s, Sony employed more than 3,000 at the manufacturing facility. However, by 2007, Sony had announced they would be moving some of the manufacturing jobs to Mexico, therefore cutting employment to 1,500. In late 2008, due to global restructuring of the corporation, Sony announced the phasing out and subsequent closure of the facility which took place in 2010.
The Partnership Agreement with the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) acquired the site and approached RIDC to do a comprehensive analysis of the development potential of the facility. The plan that was crafted was to convert the facility into a multi-tenant facility similar to the RIDC Keystone Commons in East Pittsburgh/Turtle Creek. In 2012, RIDC entered into a long-term lease of the facility.
The building consists of approximately 2.8 million square-feet of space with large utility capacity, direct railroad access and superb connections to the State highway system. The site already has its first major manufacturing tenants: DNP IMS America, Aquion Energy, Cenveo. Westmoreland County Community College also recently opened an Advanced Technology Center in the building. There are now over 720 jobs in the facilities.