Area Companies Awarded $2.5 Million In State Grants for Expansions, Improvements

Two businesses in the 26th Senatorial District have been awarded a total of $2.5 million in state funds to undertake projects that will create new jobs and spur economic development, according to Senator Tom McGarrigle (R-26).

McGarrigle said the grants were awarded to the Boeing Company in Ridley Township and State Road Foods II, Inc.in Upper Darby through the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program (RCAP) program. RCAP is administered by the Commonwealth’s Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects.

“These grants will help area job-creators improve their facilities, providing an economic boost to the area,” McGarrigle said.  “I’m pleased that our communities and residents will benefit from this investment in our local economy.”

The Boeing Company will use its $1.25 million grant to complete the Boeing Vertical Lift Expansion – V-22 Future Factory. Funds will be used to renovate existing high-bay steel constructed factory space that is currently unoccupied and awaiting possible demolition. The renovation will consist of necessary upgrades to support modifying the V-22 aircraft.  These include improvements to the fire alarm and sprinkler system, a new lighting package,  Air Rotation Units for efficient heating and  cooling, larger overhead doors, floor flatness and leveling, utility stands throughout for aircraft production positions, a new aircraft paint facility, new support cells including break areas and  meeting rooms, new office space for employees.

State Road Foods II, Inc. was awarded $1.25 million for the redevelopment of the Drexeline Shopping Center Funds will be used to demolish the existing, aged shopping center and replace it with a new, 70,000 square foot grocery store that will anchor the revitalized shopping center. The new location will be designed with 49,000 square feet of selling area.