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Corbett announces $5M from EGI, or RACP, for Johnson Controls' new midstate campus

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Gov. Tom Corbett has announced $5 million from the Economic Growth Initiative grant program to support Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc.'s new campus in southern York County.

For statutory and legislative reasons, the ECI still is known as the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

The move retains about 440 jobs in the commonwealth that could have gone to Maryland, according to a news release from Corbett's office.

Johnson Controls said the project is expected to cost more than $150 million.

The administration in 2012 reformed the commonwealth's capital projects funding method, with projects now selected because of job-creation, economic impact, viability and construction-readiness criteria, according to the release.

Johnson Controls announced this spring that the new site on land it acquired in Hopewell Township would include a heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment testing complex as well as an engineering and business support center.

The company also said that its Navy Systems business, Grantley manufacturing plant and about 250 workers supporting these operations will remain at its existing York-area campus.

The move comes after Johnson Controls said last year it was assessing the viability for growth at its existing campus off Richland Avenue.

The grant announcement for Johnson Controls was one of the six Corbett announced totaling about $30 million. The other five were outside the midstate.

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey covers York County, agribusiness, energy and environment, and workforce issues. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at brentb@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @brentburkey.

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