Hazleton, November 2, 2012 – Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Monroe/Carbon) joined Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11th), State Representative Tarah Toohil (R-116th), Hazleton Mayor Joseph Yanuzzi and other Luzerne County, school district and city officials to announce a $20 Million downtown development in Hazleton.
DBi Services, a diversified international commercial and industrial service company, operated by Neal and Paul DeAngelo will move its world headquarters from Hazleton Heights to center-city. The DeAngelos have formed a partnership with George Hayden, owner of Hazleton Development Corporation, to remodel the former Hazleton National Bank building at Broad and Laurel Streets and the former Traders-Citizens Bank building at Broad and Wyoming Streets.
Hayden’s company has experience with downtown development after renovating The Markle Building which is located directly across Wyoming Street from the Traders building.
“Local families appreciating Hazleton’s past and believing in its future were the driving force behind the Hayden tower project at The Markle Building, and local families believing in Hazleton are the very reason we stand here again on Broad Street to announce downtown Hazleton as the new location of DBI’s Corporate World Headquarters,” said Yudichak.
“I would like to thank the DeAngelo and Hayden families for choosing downtown Hazleton for such a major investment,” said Representative Tarah Toohil. “Through the efforts of local leaders, we have been able to garner Keystone Opportunity Zone status and state funding for the project, which represents a pivotal point in time for our community. We are looking forward to the many family-sustaining jobs and economic growth that it is expected to create.”
DBI Services employs 1,200 people and has offices across the United States, Canada, Europe and the Middle East.
“A company with the scope and international reputation of DBI could locate its corporate headquarters anywhere in the world, but it selected downtown Hazleton for its home,” concluded Yudichak.