Duquesne Seeks Craft Brewers
A recent article in Craft Pittsburgh, a craft beer magazine, discussed Duquesne’s interest in attracting craft breweries to the City. In the article and an accompanying ad, the assets Duquesne offers to craft breweries was outlined. Various craft brew enthusiasts and potential business interests have toured Duquesne and acknowledged that the City is an attractive location for this emerging industry. Click here to see the article.
According to Frank Piccolino, Duquesne City Manager, “We’ve witnessed the tremendous growth of craft brewing in the area. These establishments attract young people from all over Southwestern Pennsylvania. Further, these businesses bring attention to an area illustrating that new and emerging businesses can thrive in areas that have not had new business development in recent years.
In Duquesne we’ve been successful in attracting new businesses to the RIDC Riverplace site such as American Textile Company, KU Resources, Inc., Dish Network and others. Fastenal just built a new building along Duquesne Boulevard. There are approximately 800 new employees at these businesses so we have a ready-made market. In addition, the Great Allegheny Passage runs through Duquesne bringing in new people – a demographic that frequent brew pubs.”
Fastenal Opens New Store in Duquesne
Fastenal recently opened a 7,200 sq. ft. building on Duquesne Boulevard in Duquesne. The location was acquired from the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Duquesne (RACD) and the property was developed by the company. The development project was estimated to cost $700,000. Fastenal has 5 employees at this location.
Fastenal Company, headquartered in Winona, Minnesota, was founded in 1967. With over 2,700 locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico and Europe the company has approximately 18,500 full and part-time employees. Fastenal has 19 locations in the Pittsburgh area. Fastenal first sold mostly fasteners such as screws, threaded bolts and nuts which are used in construction and manufacturing. Today’s product range is more diverse. The company has approximately 700,000 individual products. The company also offers a variety of services and manufacturing operations.
Fastenal District Manager Mike Cunningham said the company leased two smaller locations in Duquesne since 1997. The need to have a larger, more efficient facility in a visible location led to them identifying this development site Mr. Cunningham said this is one of the company’s bigger branches in the Pittsburgh region. Brian Guerrieri, Duquesne branch General Manager added, “This location helped us expand business – it has increased at the new location”.
Duquesne Mayor and RACD Chairman Phillip Krivacek said “This is a significant investment in the City. Fastenal is a tremendous business and we’re pleased they’ve planted roots in Duquesne. The RACD has been marketing this and other nearby properties with the assistance of a commercial realtor. Next to Fastenal RACD has a 2.3 acre site that is ready for development”. Mayor Krivacek added, “These activities and new development at the RIDC Riverplace-The City Center of Duquesne illustrates that Duquesne is on the move”.
Mayor Krivacek and City officials tour the new Fastenal facility.
Groundbreaking For Fastenal Expansion in Duquesne
To Be Held May 13, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.
A groundbreaking to celebrate the expansion of Fastenal in the City of Duquesne is scheduled for Friday, May 13, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at 103 Duquesne Boulevard. The site is next to the Duquesne Plaza Shopping Center.
Fastenal Company, which currently has a retail location at the RIDC Riverplace-The City Center of Duquesne, is building a much larger facility along Duquesne Boulevard. The land for the new development was purchased from the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Duquesne. The property is approximately 1.6 acres. Fastenal will building a 7,200 sq. ft. building that will serve retail customers and serve as a regional warehouse. The building will be faced with masonry and metal products. The project cost is approximately $700,000. The company indicated that the site will allow for expansion.
Fastenal Company, headquartered in Winona, Minnesota, was founded in 1967. With over 2,600 locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico and Europe the company has approximately 18,500 full and part-time employees. Fastenal first sold mostly fasteners such as screws, threaded bolts and nuts which are used in construction and manufacturing. Today’s product range is more diverse. The company has approximately 700,000 individual products. The company also offers a variety of services and manufacturing operations.
Duquesne Mayor Phil Krivacek said “We’re thrilled that Fastenal is expanding in Duquesne. This is a significant investment. Fastenal is a well- respected international company that provides quality products and services to contractors and manufacturers. It’s a great asset to our area to support other businesses.” Mayor Krivacek continued, “This redevelopment property is a great location for Fastenal along Duquesne Boulevard - State Route 837. We have additional land for sale. Further, we’re aggressively marketing commercial properties in the City with the assistance of a professional realtor.”
Fastenal Company Acquires Duquesne Boulevard Property
Fastenal Company, based in Winona, Minnesota, has acquired a 1.6 acre site from the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Duquesne to build a new store. The property is located on Duquesne Boulevard adjacent to the Duquesne Plaza Shopping Center. Fastenal currently leases space at the RIDC Riverplace site. The new location will enable them to construct a new 7,200 sq. ft. building with room for expansion. Fastenal paid $32,000 to the Redevelopment Authority for the property.
Fastenal sells nuts, bolts, screws and other fasteners and related supplies to manufacturing companies and contractors. Fastenal has employees and stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.
Duquesne Mayor Phil Krivacek said "We're excited with Fastenal's investment in Duquesne. This redevelopment site will go on the tax rolls and by Fastenal locating here the site is open for future development. Our Redevelopment Authority commissioned realtor Mark Harvey Smith to market public and, with owners' consent, private properties. Mr. Smith was able to interest Fastenal in this site. We are aggressively marketing properties in the City and we're optimistic new investment and job growth will result."
Fastenal plans to begin site work in 2015 with the building to be occupied by mid-2016.
SHOP DUQUESNE INITIATIVE
The City of Duquesne and our development partners, the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Duquesne (RACD) and the Duquesne Business Advisory Corporation (DBAC), have been active in revitalizing the business sector. We’ve been undertaking infrastructure improvements to Grant Avenue at State Route 837/Duquesne Boulevard along with developing a new light industrial park in conjunction with Allegheny County along Route 837. With our economic development funds we’ve assisted the owner of the Duquesne Plaza in undertaking substantial improvements to that property.
The Great Allegheny Passage has been completed between Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. The trail comes through Duquesne and we have plans to capitalize on new visitors coming through our town.
The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Duquesne has engaged a real estate professional to market vacant and underutilized properties and we continue to be engaged in helping existing businesses expand and attracting new businesses. As an Enterprise Zone area we have attractive incentives to assist in business development.
The Shop Duquesne Initiative is proposed by the City, RACD and DBAC. This is a coordinated approach among the local public bodies and retail stores to encourage shopping in Duquesne. The Duquesne Plaza and its stores are aggressively advertising via print and radio. Our public role is to work with our private sector partners in “getting the word out” and to support our retail stores.
Support these retail/commercial businesses in Duquesne:
At the Duquesne Plaza
West Grant Avenue Corridor
-Exxon/7 Eleven, 818 Duquesne Boulevard
-Dollar General, 351 Hoffman Boulevard
........and please support all Duquesne businesses
-Maloy-Schleifer Funeral Home, Inc., 915 Kennedy Avenue
Businesses at the City Center of Duquesne
-American Textile Company, 10 N. Linden Street