Australia-Based Energy Efficiency Company to Position U.S. Headquarters in Philadelphia

Australian-based energy efficiency company, Ecosave, has selected Philadelphia for the location of its U.S. headquarters and first location in North America.

Working with Select Greater Philadelphia (Select), the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Office of International Business Development, PIDC, and the City of Philadelphia, Ecosave has set up operations at The Navy Yard, investing more than $10 million at the site. The project is estimated to create 125 new jobs.

In 2010, the company contacted Pennsylvania’s investment representative in Sydney and began looking to expand into the U.S. market. In June 2013, Ecosave purchased an engineering company in Bristol, Pennsylvania and will soon be moving from that site into the new space.

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Select Helps Locate Advanced Manufacturing Company in Bristol, PA

Following an extensive site selection process, the label printing company Nosco, Inc., announced that it will locate its business in the Greater Philadelphia region. Nosco’s new “On Demand Solutions Center” in Bristol, Pennsylvania will be dedicated to manufacturing healthcare packaging. The facility is 23,000 square feet and will employ 50 people.  Nosco, Inc. is headquartered in Gurnee, Illinois.

Helped by Select Greater Philadelphia (Select) in their real estate site search, Nosco was also assisted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Governor’s Action Team and the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Redevelopment Authority of Bucks County, the Bucks County Economic Development Corporation, and Bucks County Commissioner Rob Loughery.

James Struhar, General Manager of East Coast Operations, said Nosco selected the Greater Philadelphia region to locate due to the quality of the facility, the accessibility to a skilled labor force and the convenient access to Nosco’s primary customer base, which includes a large segment of the healthcare industries. “I am confident that our grass-roots effort to bring state-of-the-art technology, along with the Nosco culture, closer to our customers will also create a bright future for the development of the community and for Nosco’s 100% employee-owners”.

Select President and CEO Tom Morr said, “”This is great news for our region.  Select is pleased to have helped Nosco come to Greater Philadelphia by providing a confidential site selection process customized to meet their needs. As a result, the entire region will benefit from the jobs that will be created thanks to having Nosco locate here”.

Governor Tom Corbett said “Pennsylvania’s economy continues to grow and manufacturing, an industry once thought to be lost, is coming back strong. Nosco recognized our potential and selected southeast Pennsylvania to locate its first operations in the northeast U.S. I have no doubt that with our keystone location and skilled workers, Nosco will continue to grow.”

Russ Haraf, President of Nosco states “We’re coming to your neighborhood to reduce cost and cycle time for labels and cartons. Getting closer to our customers is part of our strategic plan to service the healthcare industry, allowing them to order what they need, when they need it”.

On October 24th, 2013, the center produced its first commercial order. This label was manufactured for Alvogen, a multinational, pharmaceutical company, focused on developing, manufacturing and distributing generic, OTC brands and biosimilar products.

Axalta Coating Systems’ Establishes New Global and North American Headquarters in Pennsylvania Bringing 332 New Jobs

This month, Axalta Coating Systems, LLC  announced that it will establish its global headquarters to a 30,000-square-foot facility in Center City Philadelphia and its North American headquarters to a 55,000-square-foot facility in Concord Township, Delaware County.  The combined project is expected to generate a capital investment in excess of $11.4 million, while initially creating 332 new jobs in the Commonwealth.

Axalta was assisted by a group of economic development professionals, including Select Greater Philadelphia (Select), the Pennsylvania Governor’s Action Team, the City of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, and the Delaware County Commerce Center.

“This is great news for our region.  Select Greater Philadelphia is pleased to have helped Axalta Coating Systems grow in Greater Philadelphia by providing a multi-state confidential site selection process customized to meet their needs. Select sourced this project directly from a site consultant with whom we have a relationship. As a result, the entire region will benefit from the jobs that will be created and the supply chain opportunities that will occur thanks to having Axalta locate both its global and U.S. headquarters here.  The talented pool of scientists and technicians in this region means that Greater Philadelphia has what growing chemical industry businesses need to succeed,” said Tom Morr, President and CEO, Select Greater Philadelphia.

“All of us at Axalta are excited to come to Pennsylvania and become part of the Greater Philadelphia community,” said Charles Shaver, Chairman and CEO of Axalta Coating Systems. “Axalta, with revenues of $4.3 billion in 2012, became an independent company earlier this year. Establishing new locations for both our global and North American operations will support our platform for growth by helping to reinforce our autonomy to our customers and other key stakeholders.”

The company received a funding offer from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development including a $1,300,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant, and $996,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to assist with the company’s global and North American headquarters move.

Axalta is a leading global developer, manufacturer, marketer and distributor of innovative, high performance coatings for the automotive, transportation, general industrial and architectural and decorative industries. Axalta is owned by The Carlyle Group and has over 12,000 employees worldwide.

Select Greater Philadelphia Announces Additions to Business Development, Research and Marketing Team

Select Greater Philadelphia announces the addition of new staff members to its economic development organization. Select’s President and CEO Tom Morr said, “Select is thrilled to announce the addition of these highly qualified professionals to our team. They are joining us at a time when the number of business opportunities coming to the Greater Philadelphia region is increasing, thanks in part to the ample supply of natural gas. This new team of talented individuals joins a group of seasoned experts, willing and able to help promote and grow our regional economy.”

Select’s new colleagues include:

Mr. David Grove, Business Development Manager, Select Greater Philadelphia

Dave Grove has had a seasoned career in managing complex corporate and industrial real estate relationships for major accounts such as Unisys and University of Pennsylvania. As Select’s Business Development manager, he will provide direct services to companies (and/or their site consultants) considering locating in Greater Philadelphia, especially for the increasing client base in the energy and manufacturing sectors.

Dr. Christopher Swann, Ph.D., Vice President of Research, Select Greater Philadelphia 

Chris Swann has extensive experience as a research economist having held positions at IHS Global Insight, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bell Atlantic Corporation (now Verizon) and the Internal Revenue Service. Information is a primary product of Select, and Dr. Swann will lead the organization’s research program to increase knowledge and understanding about the opportunities available in Greater Philadelphia to businesses considering an expansion or location.

Ms. Anna Mira King, Marketing Manager, Select Greater Philadelphia

Anna King, an experienced nonprofit professional with a strong marketing, communications, and business development background, will manage Select Greater Philadelphia’s traditional and digital marketing efforts, including the organization’s highly visited website, social media outlets, and public relations strategy.  Ms. King is also charged with advancing Select’s major marketing campaign to capture economic opportunities in the manufacturing sector presented by the region’s energy assets.


CEO Council for Growth Urges Reforms in Bipartisan Immigration to Secure Greater Philadelphia’s Economic Competitiveness

Bryan Evans
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CEO Council for Growth Urges Reforms in Bipartisan Immigration to Secure Greater Philadelphia’s Economic Competitiveness

June 13, 2013 – Philadelphia, PA: The CEO Council for Growth (CEO Council), which is led by business, education, and civic leaders within the tri-state, 11-county Greater Philadelphia region, supports the sensible reforms to the region’s immigration system included in the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (BSEOIM).

As the discussion on the bipartisan immigration bill gets underway in the Senate, the CEO Council urges members of Congress to support the following reforms included in BSEOIM, and to ensure that they are not weakened during the legislative process:

H-1B Visas: the bill raises the annual number of H-1B visas for highly-skilled non-immigrant workers from 65,000 to 110,000, and allows for this cap to increase to 180,000 subject to economic conditions. This increase is important given the overwhelming demand from U.S. businesses for skilled foreign workers to fill positions that cannot be filled from the domestic labor pool. Earlier this year, for example, the Citizenship and Immigration Services agency received more than the 65,000 applications currently available for H-1B visas within five days.

STEM Graduates: the bill reserves up to 40 percent of immigrant visas for applicants with advanced degrees and exempts STEM graduates from a U.S. university from the annual visa cap if they have an offer of employment from a U.S. business in a related field. This will complement similar reforms in the H-1B program and help U.S. business to remain competitive.

Country-Based Caps: BSEOIM takes the common sense step of eliminating country-specific caps for employment-based visas, which do not account for variations in population, advanced degree graduates, and other criteria that differs greatly between countries.

Entrepreneur Visas: the bill establishes the INVEST Visa program, which would provide foreign entrepreneurs with a 3-year visa if they can secure financing from a U.S. investor and can be renewed if certain job creation and revenue requirements are met. This program will help attract talented entrepreneurs to the U.S. who will add to economic growth and innovation.

Bureaucratic Reforms: BSEOIM includes provisions to reduce visa application backlogs and streamline processes to make the immigration system more efficient and effective. This includes recapturing used visas from previous years and requiring interagency coordination to reduce waiting times for application approvals.
“These reforms – particularly the emphasis on attracting and retaining highly-skilled immigrants and foreign-workers – are vitally important for regional businesses that are heavily invested in knowledge-based professions,” said Rob Wonderling, Chairman of the CEO Council for Growth and President & CEO of The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

The CEO Council and its members look forward to working with Congress to enact these reforms, which will greatly benefit the economic competitiveness of the greater Philadelphia region as well as the nation as a whole.

About the CEO Council for Growth
The CEO Council, an affiliate of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, is a devoted group of business, higher education, and civic leaders who commit their time and efforts to enhancing economic growth and prosperity in the 11-county region across northern Delaware, southern New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania.

Congratulations to Adminovate on its “2013 VIP Company to Watch Award”

Adminovate, a software and consulting provider for the life, health and annuity industry, recently was named as the “Company to Watch” by the Insurance Networking News (INN). Select Greater Philadelphia (Select) assisted Adminovate in deciding to locate its business to Greater Philadelphia. Select congratulates Adminovate on its award and continued success in the region. Read the press release at




Nonstop flights to Doha in Arabian Gulf region scheduled to start in March 2014.

Philadelphia, May 6, 2013 – Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) announced that Qatar Airways, recipient of numerous Skytrax industry awards and twice named the Best Airline for International Travel by Business Traveller USA, has chosen Philadelphia as the airline’s fifth U.S. city. Qatar Airways is scheduled to begin nonstop service from PHL to Doha, the capital of the State of Qatar, in March 2014. Boeing 777 aircraft will serve the route, which is Philadelphia’s first to the independent state in the Southern Arabian Gulf region of the Middle East.

“This is a great day for the entire Philadelphia region,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “Convenient international air service in today’s global marketplace is essential to the economic vitality of a region, and this new direct service to Qatar gives businesses in the greater Philadelphia area access to a nation that has the world’s highest per capita GDP.”

The new service to PHL is the first by a foreign flag carrier in more than a decade. Qatar is the first foreign flag airline to the Middle East from PHL and would become the 4th non-U.S. airline to serve Philadelphia.
Qatar Airways serves more than 120 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and North and South America.

Added Rina Cutler, Deputy Mayor, Transportation and Utilities: “Qatar Airways has distinguished itself as one of the best airlines in the world, and we are very excited that it has chosen to serve Philadelphia International Airport. This is terrific news for our Airport and our City, and I want to acknowledge Mark Gale and his staff as well as representatives from a variety of business and tourism sectors who worked hard on getting this new service.”

Earlier this year, Mayor Nutter and several City officials, including Airport CEO Mark Gale, met with representatives of the U.S. – Qatar Business Council, a non-profit, private sector organization that provides a forum for discussion of key economic, commercial and other issues of interest to American companies doing or planning to do business in Qatar. The Qatar delegation spent 2 days in the City and visited the Airport, where they met with Gale and members of PHL’s executive staff and were given a detailed presentation on the Airport including air service development.

Qatar Airways is the fifth new airline since 2011 to announce it would begin serving PHL. Virgin America and Alaska Airlines began new service in 2012, Spirit Airlines launched at PHL in April and Jet Blue will start service later this month.

“We are very proud of our successes in bringing new air service to the Philadelphia region, and this announcement by Qatar is great news for our traveling public, especially business travelers, who will have convenient access to an important economic center in the Middle East and beyond,” Gale said. “We look forward to Qatar’s new service and a long relationship with this award-winning international carrier.”

In a press release issued by Qatar Airways, the carrier’s Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker noted that “Philadelphia is one of the major hubs of the soon-to-be-merged American Airlines / US Airways and will provide Qatar Airways’ customers with onward connections to over 100 cities. With the implementation of code share agreements with American Airlines and Jet Blue, which offer numerous connections beyond our U.S. gateways, Qatar Airlines is making big strides to strengthen its presence in the United States to ultimately give our passengers greater travel options.”

Qatar has a 5-star rating by SkyTrax, which named Qatar Airways Airline of the Year in 2011 and 2012 as well as the Best Airline in the Middle East seven consecutive years. Business Traveller Middle East also named Qatar Airways Best Business Class in the World in 2012, while Business Traveller USA named Qatar Airways Best Business Class to the Middle East in 2011.

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Greater Philadelphia’s Regional Business, Higher Education and Civic Leaders Join Forces to Discuss Top Priorities

March 11, 2013 — Philadelphia, PA: Greater Philadelphia’s regional Congressional Delegation and business, civic, and higher education leaders met today at the Cira Center Hub in Philadelphia to discuss the CEO Council for Growth’s (CEO Council) federal advocacy during the 113th Congress and the second Obama Administration.

Among the specific priorities the CEO Council laid out with the region’s Congressional Delegation today was their pursuit of identifying a focus for a regional “center of excellence” and securing integral federal funding. A “center of excellence” would facilitate the creation of larger-scale, multi-institutional public-private partnerships between academia and industry. The delegation also heard from members of the CEO Council and the Regional College and University Presidents’ Council on the importance of high-skilled immigration reform.

“This meeting provided us the opportunity to share with the Congressional Delegation the priorities that we have outlined for 2013 and begin a dialogue about the ways in which they can work together to improve the economic vitality of the Greater Philadelphia region,” said Rob Wonderling, Chairman of the CEO Council for Growth and President & CEO of The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

For almost a decade, the CEO Council has influenced regional and national policy through advocacy for the improvement of the region’s transportation infrastructure, availability of a top notch workforce, expansion of investment capital to support business growth and the growth of a more vibrant culture of entrepreneurship.

The tri-state regional group leverages direct engagement of private sector and higher education research institution leadership to conduct privately funded, actionable analysis to advance large scale regional projects; advocate for a multifaceted agenda focused on the federal role in innovation, regional mobility and talent; provide strategic counsel to Select Greater Philadelphia; and support key initiatives of CEO Council members.

Media Contact:
Bryan Evans | 215-790-3831 | [email protected]

About the CEO Council for Growth

The CEO Council, an affiliate of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, is a devoted group of business, higher education, and civic leaders who commit their time and efforts to enhancing economic growth and prosperity in the 11-county region across northern Delaware, southern New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania.

Greater Philadelphia Named Among Top Metros by Site Selection Magazine

Philadelphia | March 5, 2013: The Greater Philadelphia Region was named among the top ten metro areas for tier one new and expanded facilities in 2012 by Site Selection Magazine, which finalized its Governors Cup Award/New Plant Data numbers this month.

“We are delighted to see Greater Philadelphia recognized as a top metro for new and expanded facilities in Site Selection Magazine,” said Tom Morr, president & CEO of Select Greater Philadelphia. “There have been a number of large expansions throughout the region to accommodate growth at area companies as well as corporate re-locations into Greater Philadelphia from areas across the globe.”

New and expanded facilities in Greater Philadelphia spanned diverse industries with companies including Shire Pharmaceuticals, which has signed a letter of intent for the development of a 500,000-square foot campus located at Atwater Corporate Center in Malvern, Pennsylvania; Endo Health Solutions Inc. which is moving to a new 320,000-square foot facility at the same campus this year; and in one of the largest built-to-suit development projects in New Jersey, Subaru of America is relocating and expanding its parts distribution center and training facility to a new 526,050-square-foot location in Florence.

Amazon recently completed a 1,000,000-square foot distribution center in Middletown, Delaware and recently announced a groundbreaking on another 1,000,000-square-foot facility in Mercer County, New Jersey creating hundreds of jobs in the region. In addition, Hawker Beechcraft – manufacturer of business, special mission, light attack and trainer aircraft –opened its newest 60,000 square-foot factory-owned aircraft maintenance facility at New Castle County Airport (ILG) in Wilmington last year.

“The impact of jobs, both as a result of expansions and the need to accommodate more employees in the region, is tremendous,” said Morr. “In fact, as a result of business growth in the region, more than 3 million workers made Greater Philadelphia the 5th largest metro area in 2012 in terms of employment.”

Select Greater Philadelphia has worked with Greater Philadelphia’s business community, state and local and government and economic development partners to recruit and welcome more than 80 companies to the region. Among them, Mark Group — a provider of home energy efficiency analysis and improvements — expanded to a new headquarters and training facility at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia last year to accommodate 110 jobs as a result of its growing business.

The ranking for the Greater Philadelphia region was based on a tier one population of more than 1 million. The Governor’s Cup Awards are the annual Site Selection suite of awards that recognize the Top States in the nation based on new or expanded facilities over the past 12 months, as well as the Top Metropolitans, Top Micropolitans, and Top Industries. The Greater Philadelphia Region had a total of 124 qualifying expansions in 2012. The results are published in the March 2013 issue.

Bryan Evans | +1-215-790-3831 | [email protected]

About Select Greater Philadelphia

Select Greater Philadelphia (Select) is an economic development marketing organization dedicated to attracting companies to the Greater Philadelphia region. Select assists companies interested in the vicinity by providing detailed information about the 11-county area and a one-stop connection to numerous resources that help companies make informed decisions about locating to the region. Through global marketing efforts, Select works to promote the region’s key assets to help build the area’s economy. The Greater Philadelphia region encompasses northern Delaware, southern New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania. Select is a private, non-profit organization and an affiliate of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit or call 215-790-3777.

Sixty-Five Percent of Business Travelers in Greater Philadelphia Say Non-Stop Flights are Extremely Important

Sixty-five percent of business air travelers in Greater Philadelphia say that non-stop flights are extremely important according to a survey conducted by Select Greater Philadelphia and the CEO Council for Growth. Among these business travelers, Tokyo, Japan and Orange County, California are the most desired new non-stop international and domestic business destinations respectively from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

“We’re excited about the responses to this important survey and we value everyone’s feedback,” said Philadelphia International Airport Chief Executive Officer Mark Gale. “The results of this exercise will help us build the business case in targeting additional non-stop domestic and international destinations from Philadelphia, and further our mission as a world-class airport.”

Domestic destinations desired by business travelers for non-stop service from PHL were Orange County, CA; Austin, TX; and Honolulu, HI, while internationally Asia was the clear top choice with Tokyo, Japan; and Shanghai and Beijing, China in the top three. Top overall domestic destinations for current travel by business travelers are Chicago, Dallas and Boston.

“We applaud Select Greater Philadelphia and the CEO Council for Growth for conducting this Air Travel Survey,” said John Saler, Chairman, Government & Public Affairs Group of Stradley, Ronon, Stevens &Young, LLP and Chairman of the Philadelphia International Airport Advisory Board. ”The data will help us better understand the current travel needs of those living and/or working in the Greater Philadelphia region.”

For business travelers responding to the survey, both non-stop flight availability and convenient flight times were found to be extremely important. Over half the respondents use their organization’s corporate travel department to make travel arrangements.

“The Philadelphia International Airport is a critically important asset in the Greater Philadelphia region for business travel and to attract leisure visitors, “said Tom Morr, President & CEO of Select Greater Philadelphia and member of the Philadelphia International Airport Advisory Board. “This survey helps identify passenger demand for potential new flights in key markets. It is intended to help airlines make more informed choices about where to add flights from PHL.”

Top destinations for current travel by leisure travelers are in the West with Chicago, San Francisco/San Jose and Los Angeles rounding out the top three spots. Top domestic destinations desired by leisure travels for non-stop service from PHL were all warm weather locations domestically with Honolulu, HI; Austin, TX; and Orange County, CA in the top three, while internationally Milan, Italy; Vancouver, Canada; and Sao Paulo, Brazil were among the top choices.

Half or more of survey respondents describing their leisure or personal travel needs ranked price and non-stop flight availability as extremely important factors when booking air travel. Leisure travelers were primarily booking coach class tickets for travel. Over 80% of respondents were heading straight to the airline website to purchase their leisure airfare tickets.

The survey was distributed to members of the business and non-profit communities in Greater Philadelphia. Over 1,000 individuals responded to the survey detailing their personal and business travel needs. The goal of the survey is to use information gathered to assist the Philadelphia International Airport in their efforts to seek additional domestic and international air service.

Top Non-Stop Desired International Destinations
(Business Travel)

  1. Tokyo, Japan
  2. Shanghai, China
  3. Beijing, China
  4. Mumbai, India
  5. Milan, Italy

Top Non-Stop Desired International Destinations
(Leisure Travel)

  1. Milan, Italy
  2. Vancouver, Canada
  3. Sao Paulo, Brazil
  4. Tokyo, Japan
  5. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Top Non-Stop Desired Domestic Destinations
(Business Travel)

  1. Orange County, CA
  2. Austin, TX
  3. Honolulu, HI
  4. San Jose (US), CA
  5. San Antonio, TX

Top Non-Stop Desired Domestic Destinations
(Leisure Travel)

  1. Honolulu, HI
  2. Austin, TX
  3. Orange County (SNA), CA
  4. San Jose (US), CA
  5. San Antonio, TX