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Glenn Poirier

Chief Operating Officer - MetalKraft Industries

As a powdered metal supplier, MetalKraft Industries produces, packs, and ships metal parts all around the world, including overseas to Italy, China, the Czech Republic, Germany, and the Middle East. This powerhouse of a company is not based in a city – rather, it’s headquartered in a small, rural Tioga County town known as Wellsboro, Pennsylvania.

Wellsboro’s quaint downtown shops, tight-knit community, and historic charm make it a location treasured by both tourists and locals. But what makes it the perfect location for starting a business? Glenn Poirier, Chief Operating Officer of MetalKraft Industries, shares why this location is ideal.

“Certainly the economics of manufacturing are in our favor here,” Poirier said. “The cost for us to manufacture parts is probably going to be much lower than if we were in an urban setting.”

In addition to being a smart choice economically, Wellsboro offers a highly motivated workforce, committed to longevity with their company. At MetalKraft, they have employees with over 20 years’ worth of experience. For many, their commitment to this area can be summarized in one word: Lifestyle.

“This is a great community to live in,” Poirier said. “We have very good school systems; we have a good hospital here; we certainly are the hub of the county with our Courthouse.”

In addition to business opportunities and excellent resources, Poirier highlights the many opportunities he has had to not only grow professionally, but also personally. He and his family have gotten involved in the community through sports, theatre, coaching, serving on the school board, staying active in their church community, supporting local festivals such as The Laurel Festival and Dickens of a Christmas, and much more. This involvement has helped him professionally, as he has been able to take what he’s learned serving in these positions and incorporate it in his position at MetalKraft.

Poirier’s advice for anyone looking to move their business to this area is to get involved and contact local leaders in the community such as the Tioga County Commissioners, The Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce, and Growth Resources of Wellsboro (GROW).

“There’s much opportunity and much growth potential in coming here and setting up your shop, your manufacturing facility, your service facility – whatever business you hope to attain here,” Poirier said. “Everything is here, and the opportunity is here for you to grow.”

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Christina Vandergrift

Broker/Owner of Mountain Valley Realty (and the newly opened MVR Vacation Rentals), Author, and President of Tioga Street Carwash and Six West Settlements.

Since 2005, Christina Vandergrift has been in the Real Estate Industry, owning vacation rentals across the United States, in Tennessee, Florida, and Pennsylvania. Her Pennsylvania-based rental is positioned in a historic, quaint community: Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, home of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. Along with its breathtaking landscapes, Wellsboro is a popular tourist town with well-attended community events, a vibrant downtown with thriving local businesses, and a multitude of opportunities to grow both personally and professionally.

As a Realtor, Vandergrift has seen the housing market on a wide scale, and knows exactly what to look for when it comes to the perfect location for your home or business.

“Our area is very diverse,” she explained. “We have farms, we have log cabins, we have commercial, we have a little bit of everything here.”

As a tight-knit community, Wellsboro business owners have the advantage of networking with a variety of professionals in just about every industry. Vandergrift’s advice for anyone looking to start a business or relocate their business to Wellsboro is to connect with local organizations in the area such as the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce, Develop Tioga, the Visitor’s Bureau, and Growth Resources of Wellsboro (GROW).

“Word of mouth is the best advertising, and you definitely have that,” Vandergrift says. “There’s so many different events and festivals and there’s a lot of volunteering opportunities which allows you to really network and get to know people in the area.”

When choosing a location that’s a great fit for your business, it’s also important to consider which area would be a great fit for your family. Vandergrift has found Wellsboro to be an ideal place for her to raise a family, speaking highly of Wellsboro’s school systems, healthcare, and safety. Her and her family enjoy exploring the outdoors, hiking, hunting, and even playing golf on the beautiful and spacious 18-hole golf course at Tyoga.

“I would never leave – I’ve traveled all over, I have properties in different states, and there’s no place like home,” Vandergrift says. “It sounds kind of cliché to say it, but it’s the truth – you can thrive here and we have such a special area, and it’s so different than any other place.”

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