Rep. Roebuck, U.S. Rep. Evans praise $1 million in state support for manufacturing expansion in Kingsessing
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 26 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., and Congressman Dwight Evans, (D-PA-03) today congratulated D.C. Humphrys for its more than 33-year commitment to the Kingsessing community, which recently won the company a $1 million state grant to expand its manufacturing space.
Roebuck was instrumental in securing the funding with Evans’ support.
Roebuck said D.C. Humphry will match the $1 million state investment to build a 30,000 square foot extension to its Paschall Avenue and Woodland Avenue facilities, allowing the company to purchase additional machinery and create a significant number of production jobs over the next 10 years.
“I am very pleased with the $1 million RACP grant awarded to D.C. Humphrys company in Southwest Philadelphia for expansion of its productive capacity and the increase to its employee workforce,” Roebuck said. “Humphrys is also committed to addressing blighted housing and increasing homeownership in the surrounding neighborhoods. Its efforts have been and continue to be critical in rebuilding this community and laying a foundation for increased growth in the future.”
Evans praised D.C. Humphrys for its dedication to hiring workers from the surrounding neighborhood to run its manufacturing business.
Evans said, “Congratulations to D.C. Humphrys for receiving this well-deserved $1 million state grant to expand and hire more people from the neighborhood! I want to thank Representative Roebuck for leading the request for this funding. This is an example of the type of community-minded business that is helping to rebuild Philadelphia, block by block.”
According to company data, D.C. Humphrys employed more than 150 people as of the end of 2019, with 77% of them holding production jobs that pay wages averaging 44% higher than the average per-capita income in their neighborhoods. The company also offers full benefits and matching retirement.
According to Roebuck, the money was awarded from Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, a commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects.