Mercer County Community Profile

Mercer County, PA

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Mercer County has a proud cooperative workforce, friendly people, a low crime rate, a low cost of living, and abundant recreation areas - all the advantages of small-town living. Its proximity to metropolitan areas enables residents to have the best of both worlds.

Mercer County has unparalleled market access, having more than half of the nation's major markets within a day's driving distance, including 24 top industrial markets. Half of Canada's metropolitan centers also lie within a day's drive.

Interstates 79 and 80 intersect within the county and State Route 60 offers direct access to the Pittsburgh International Airport. The county's strategic location helps area industries remain competitive in the national and international marketplaces.

Mercer County's leading industries include Wheatland Tube, Armco/Sawhill Tubular, Sharon Tube, and Damascus Bishop - all pipe and tube industries; Werner Co., a leader in the production of aluminum ladders and aluminum extrusions; Trinity Industries, a railroad car manufacturer; and General Electric Transportation Systems, a manufacturer of diesel locomotive engines. In addition, a complement of diversified manufacturers in Mercer County forge new markets for goods produced in the area.

"Pride that Shows" has become the proud slogan for the Mercer County workforce, which totals nearly 55,000 persons. The Interstate highway network expands the workforce to 300,000 within a seven-county area. The Pennsylvania Job Center and West Central Job Training Partnership assist businesses with training employees and screening prospective workers.

According to The Herald (Sharon, PA), Mercer County's best asset is its people: "Nowhere could anyone find people who are more diversified in work skills and professions; more friendly; more cooperative, and more willing to be good neighbors, especially to visitors or anyone moving in - be they businesses, industries, or residents. "

The county has a $50 million tourism base, attracting visitors from a multi-state area and the province of Ontario, Canada. In the summer of 1994, the first phase of the Grove City Factory Shops, a 400,000-square-foot factory outlet mall, opened in Springfield Township. The Factory Shops, which employs 500 persons, is expected to attract 2 million visitors annually.

Mercer County has the seventh lowest crime rate among 343 metropolitan areas with a population of 50,000 or more, according to the Places Rated Almanac 1993; it ranks 8th in housing costs and 59th in cost of living

Outstanding educational opportunities exist in public and private schools in the county, and at advanced educational institutions such as Grove City, Thiel, and Westminster colleges; Penn State, Shenango Campus; and nearby Slippery Rock University in Butler County.

Mercer County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, leaders in economic development financing, offer a wide array of low-interest loan incentives. The Penn Northwest Development Corporation in Mercer networks with its supporting members, and local, regional and Common wealth of PA industrial development specialists to offer financial packaging, site and facility inventories, and site location assistance.

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Population (1990 Census)
Population - 121,003
Population Under 18 years - 23.5% - 28,378
Population 65 Years and Over - 17.2% - 20,777

Economic Centers of Population
Greenville Area - 21,110
Grove City Area - 17,107
Mercer Area - 11,649
Sandy Lake/ Stoneboro - 10,895
Shenango Valley - 60,242

Top 20 Employers
Horizon Hospital Systems, Inc.
Sharon Regional Health System
Trinity Industries Inc
Werner Ladder Co.
Pennsylvania State Government
Armco Inc.
Cooper Industries Inc.
John Maneely Co
First National Bank of PA
Mercer County
General Electric Co
United Community Hospital
Grove City College
George Junior Republic, Inc
Sharon School District
Sharon Tube Company
Grove City Area School District
Preston Trucking Company Inc
FL Industries Inc
Best Wings USA Inc

Financial Institutions
First National Bank of Pennsylvania
PNC Bank
First Western Bank F S B
Integra Bank/North
Mellon Bank/North
Mercer County State Bank
Greenville Savings Bank
Ellwood Federal Savings Bank

Regional Utilities
Pennsylvania Power Company
National Fuel Gas, Peoples Natural Gas
People's Natural Gas - CNG
Shenango Valley Water Company
Bell Atlantic

Interstate Highways
Junction of I-79 & I-80
Interstate 80 - Exits 1, 2 & 3A
Interstate 79 - Exits 31, 33 & 34
PA Route 60
Conrail Bessemer & Lake Erie
Air Service
Pittsburgh International - 50 minutes
Cleveland International - 1 1/4 hour
Youngstown/Warren Regional - 30 minutes
Greenville - 2700' runway
Grove City Airport 4600' runway
Venango Regional - 5200' runway

Medical Facilities
Horizon Hospital System - 236 beds
Sharon Regional Health System - 290 beds
United Community Hospital - 128 beds

Recreational & Cultural Facilities
Shenango River Lake - 3650 Acres
Lake Wilhelm - 1850 acres
Sandy Lake - 75 acres
Pymatuning Reservoir - 14,500 acres
Historical Sites, Facilities, museums
Greenville Symphony Orchestra
McKeever Environmental Learning Center - -A consortium of Slippery Rock University. Clarion State College. Edinboro University. Indiana University of PA, PA Department of Education. PA DER. and Sandy Creek Conservancy Center
Public/Private Golf Courses - 10

Education & Training
12 Public School Districts
2 Parochial Schools
Pennsylvania Business Institute
Mercer County Career Center
Thiel College
Grove City College
Westminster College
Slippery Rock University
Penn State Shenango Campus
Sharon Regional Health System School of Nursing

Employment/Employer Assistance
PA Job Center
West Central Job Partnership
Private Industry Council
Mercer County School/Business Partnership

Workforce Characteristics
Total Workforce (10/94) 54,000
Non-Agricultural Employment 44,800
Goods Producing Industries 11,800
Service Producing Industries 33,000

Accommodations - Rooms
Raddison Exit 1 I-80 - 754 rooms
Holiday Inn Exit 1 I-80 - 180 rooms
Howard Johnson's Lodge Exit 2 I-80 - 102 rooms
Comfort Inn Exit 1 I-80 - 62 rooms
Cianci Motor Lodge - Greenville - 26 rooms
Royal Motel - Hermitage - 26 rooms
Collins Motel - Mercer - 13 rooms
Park Motel - Grove City - 14 rooms
Mercer Motel - Mercer - 17 rooms
Flagg Inn Exit 34 I-79 - 20 rooms
Total - 611 rooms
Country Inns/ Bed and Breakfast
Tara-A-Country Inn - Clark - 27 rooms
Magoffin Inn - Mercer - 9 rooms
Phillips House Bed and Breakfast - Greenville - 4 rooms
Snow Goose Inn - Grove City - 4 rooms
LynnRose Bed & Breakfast - 4 rooms
Total - 48 rooms

Industrial Development Assistance
Coordinated economic development assistance is available to support industrial expansion and relocation requirements including site/ facility inventories, workforce assessment, financial packaging, training and technical needs

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Data Compiled December 1994 by
Penn Power's Marketing Services Department
Mercer County Chambers of Commerce &
Penn Northwest Development Corporation

For Further Information Contact:

Randal J Coleman - Economic Development Consultant
Penn Power - New Castle PA - (724) 656-5399 or 652-5531

Penn Northwest Development Corporation - Mercer, PA - (724) 662-3705

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