Plus, several new businesses have opened in York.
The new CRDC Global plant in York will turn plastic waste into concrete enhancing mix
Ross Gibby, chief operating officer for CRDC global, explains how his company turns any waste plastic into a product that enhances the performance of concrete.
Paul Kuehnel, York Daily Record
The only factory in North America capable of converting difficult-to-recycle plastic waste into a new concrete additive called RESIN8 has opened in York.
CRDC Global held a grand opening event Friday, Oct. 21, for a new plastic waste recycling facility, the first in the U.S. and the second of its kind in the world. The facility can transform unwanted plastic waste into RESIN8 at a rate of approximately one ton of plastic per hour, according to plant officials.
City of York Mayor Michael Helfrich attended the event to welcome the facility and CRDC Global.
“We need the sort of innovation that CRDC brings, and we welcome any solution that makes our city more sustainable. I’m very proud of how our York community has embraced CRDC’s presence and has already started bringing their plastic waste directly to the factory,” the mayor said in a prepared statement. “To facilitate the collection of this plastic waste, I’m pleased to announce that we’re establishing three sites for the collection of plastics in different areas of York.”
According to a news release, CRDC can accept any type of plastic waste as raw material and transform it into RESIN8, an innovative building material that enhances the integrity of concrete and asphalt. This creates a solution for unwanted plastic waste.
RESIN8 is suitable for concrete blocks and pavers, pre-cast concrete, ready-mix concrete, mortars and hot mix asphalt. The result is a material that is up to 15% lighter or stronger (depending on its usage), with up to 20% better insulation properties than traditional concrete, according to the release. It has already been used by Habitat for Humanity to build housing in Latin America.
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Communications director of CRDC Global Sebastian van der Vegt said that the company has not done any marketing, but word of mouth has brought people to the facility to drop off bags of plastic waste.The green bags CRCD provides for plastic collection is part of the company’s The Bag That Builds plastic recovery program. Anyone can fill one of the free recycled plastic bags with all types of plastic, then drop it off at the plant and get new bags.For more information, visit CRDC Global online at crdc.global. To get green bags or drop off a green bag of recyclable plastic, visit the plant at 390 Eberts Lane, York.
POP-Crafts: 51 W. Market St., York
POP-Crafts, a craft party and hobby store with in-house crafting space and materials, has opened in York. POP crafts offers a creative outlet and space to let your imagination come to life.
To make a reservation or book a class, visit them online at pop-crafts.com.
Sierra: 1221 Carlisle Road, York
Sierra, a multichannel off-price retailer for active and outside brands, has opened its second store in Pennsylvania and its first in York.
Sierra is part of the T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods family. The store sells a wide array of apparel, footwear and outdoor and active gear at up to 60% less than department and specialty stores.
“We are excited to open this weekend in York and help everyone get moving in whatever way makes them happiest,” vice president and Sierra marketing director Gennifer Hobbs said in a news release.
The store, located in Delco Plaza, is 16,039 square feet. Store hours are 9:30 a.m.- 9:30 p.m., Monday – Saturday, and 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, visit Sierra.com.
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Moove in Self Storage: 651 S Richland Ave., YorkMoove in Self Storage has announced the opening of a two story, 100% interior, temperature-controlled storage facility in York.
According to a news release, Phase I of this project produced a 66,000 square foot facility with 579 interior temperature-controlled units.
Phase II of this project will include the construction of an additional one-story building which will add 38 interior non-temperature-controlled units and 52 traditional drive-up units, alongside 115,000 square feet of parking for RV and vehicle storage. Construction for Phase II is set to begin in spring 2023.
Interiors Home: 351 Loucks Road, YorkInteriors Home, the largest locally, family-owned furniture retailer in Central Pa., has opened in York. This is the business’s third location in the region, but the first in York.
The new 40,000-square-foot York location will bring 30 new jobs and will include specialty shops, including a Sleep Gallery, Windows & Walls, a Rug Bazaar and an Outlet Center. Like all Interiors Home stores, the York location will feature complimentary design services.
“We are extremely excited to join the York community and provide quality and affordable furniture solutions to create beautiful and welcoming spaces, especially with custom furniture orders where you get exactly what you want, designed just for you,” president and CEO Todd Lehman said in a news release.
The York location is open 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday and 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Saturday.
Learn more at interiorshome.com.
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United Zion Retirement Community: 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz
United Zion Retirement Community recently announced plans to build an independent residential living apartment building on their campus. This new building will be near the current main building along Furnace Hills Pike (Route 501). It is expected to have around 47 apartments as well as common space for campus residents.
According to a news release, United Zion has a waitlist of over two years for their current residential living residences. This new apartment building will include two-bedroom apartments and one-bedroom plus den apartments, as well as one-bedroom apartments. These new apartments will be larger than the current apartments, ranging from 700 – 1,100 square feet.
Final building design and layouts will be available this winter. Applications are being accepted for these new units and reservations will start spring 2023. Groundbreaking for the building will be in fall 2023, and the apartments will be ready for move in during spring 2025.
Hofbrauhaus: 135 W. King St., Abbottstown
Hofbrauhaus, a restaurant that has served authentic German food since 1978, has closed. The restaurant’s last day open was Oct. 30. An announcement of the closing was made on Facebook.
Anstine’s Sweet Shop: 35 N. Main St., Red Lion
Anstine’s Sweet Shop in Red Lion is closing after 15 years of service. Its York location will remain open.
The York County Economic Alliance has announced this year’s Spirit of YoCo award recipients. Those are:
York County Veterans Outreach: Presented by Traditions Bank
Donald E. and Lois J. Myers School of Nursing and Health Professions, York College of Pennsylvania: Presented by York Academy Regional Charter School
Margaret Eckles Ray: Presented by LOCALiQ
Judge Maria Musti Cook: Presented by Glatfelter Insurance Group
Neil Weaver, Acting Secretary, Department of Community and Economic Development: Presented by Site Design Concepts, Inc.
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Mark Derr: Presented by M&T Bank
Regina Mitchell, Executive Director, York Housing Authority: Presented by Pennsylvania American Water
York Revolution – Community Ownership Concept: Presented by York County Community Foundation
The Glen Rock Ruins Hall
The Glen Rock Ruins Hall has received a grant for redevelopment and improvement to the site, which dates back to the 1870s.
Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York, announced a $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). According to the York County Economic Alliance, this project will redevelop the area around the Ruins Hall structure, located at 30 Enterprise St., Glen Rock, including providing restrooms, crosswalks, lighting and parking to the adjacent Heritage Area Rail Trail.
“As a strong supporter of our York County Trail Towns program, Ruins Hall has been a fixture in our community and serves as a reminder of York County’s rich manufacturing history. I am pleased to see that this venue will continue to delight local residents of all ages by making upgrades that will benefit our community as the popularity of our trail towns program continues to grow,” Phillips-Hill said.
THRIVE and Embracing Aging grants
The York County Community Foundation has awarded eleven nonprofits with grants totaling $63,040.
According to a news release, THRIVE grants focus on programs and collaboratives that transform lives and the York community by helping low-income people achieve economic mobility. Grants are awarded to organizations or collaboratives that support YCCF’s strategic direction in creating new programs, expansion of existing programs, and planning and research.
Embracing Aging grants support new or existing programs that focus on helping adults aged fifty and older.
The recent THRIVE grant recipients include:
Children’s Museum of Lancaster for its new Museums for All program which provides learning opportunities for low-income children and their grownups with a discounted admission rate to Hands-on House.
Young Thinkers of York, Inc. for its GEAR (Gaining Early Access to Robotics) Project Part 2 that uses robotics and engineering to teach students how math, science and technology can be used in the real world. The grant will provide 15 new robots to grow the program.
YWCA York for its Bridge Housing Program Financial Literacy Program provided to domestic violence survivors in its Bridge Transitional Housing to break the cycle of poverty.
The Movement of York, Inc. to grow its capacity at the Movement Pantry. The pantry aims to empower individuals to gain access to the resources they need through a trauma-informed approach.
PennCares Support Services for its Community Enrichment Project to assist low-income families through a coat and shoe drive, a breakfast with Santa, and an Easter Egg Hunt Program.
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Junior Achievement of South-Central PA to provide experiential educational opportunities for K-12 students in Title 1 schools in York County focusing on financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.
York Habitat for Humanity to provide financial education for low-income first-time homeowners with York Habitat. The homeownership program requires new homeowners go through financial counselling.
York Jewish Community Center to support the coordination of its Family Services programs, including a food pantry, senior transportation, and resource referrals, providing a wrap-around safety net for low-income individuals.
The most recent Embracing Aging grant recipients include:
Suicide Prevention of York for its “Make It Ok to be an Older Adult” campaign to help those suffering both mentally and physically to not feel alone.
PennCares Support Services for its “Wits Workout and Aging Positively” training programs for older adults at the White Rose Senior Center.
Hospice & Community Care for its Enhancing Care Through Intergenerational Volunteer Pilot Program to build a diverse, intergenerational volunteer program to strengthen its patient care, primarily given to York Countians over the age of fifty who suffer from a serious illness.
Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program grants
State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans (D-York) announced in a news release three grants from the Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program for community projects in York County.
The following projects have been awarded funding:
$2 million to Crispus Attucks York to construct a History and Culture Center which will explore, document, and showcase the African American story in and impact on York City as well as African Americans’ important place in and contributions to our country’s history.
$500,000 to Precision Custom Components, LLC to renovate a portion of the deteriorated old manufacturing space at 160 North Hartley St. into usable manufacturing areas. When completed, this facility will be capable of manufacturing a wide variety of custom products for the defense and energy industries.
$1 million to Zion Lutheran Church to redevelop the exterior and interior, create an event space, and extend the campus of the Yorktowne Hotel. Construction will include restoration of the interior vestibule, assembly hall, balcony, double curved stairways, cemetery vaults, wooden newel posts, balustrades, rib-vaulted ceilings, and detailed wooden doors.
Barley Snyder attorney Katelyn E. Rohrbaugh has been appointed to the board of directors of TrueNorth Wellness Services.
TrueNorth Wellness Services is a nonprofit, trauma-informed care agency that has been providing communities in Central Pa. with a variety of resources for more than four decades, including counseling, residential, emergency crisis and autism services, as well as education and prevention programs, according to its website.
“I am really excited to get started and make a difference in an area that has always been a passion of mine,” Rohrbaugh said in a prepared statement. “It is rewarding to work with a trauma-informed agency which gives support to the community in a way that is proactive instead of reactive and will hopefully continue to support change in our community.”
As a board member, Rohrbaugh will be responsible for fundraising efforts, supporting the organization through financial contribution, and devoting time to the organization through meetings, committees and attendance at events.
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