Dianne Denison wanted to put her business in an industrial-rich area with easy access to big cities in the Northeast.
Central Pennsylvania, with its warehouses and interstate highways, quickly fit the bill.
Denison is the founder of Delaware-based Denison Consulting Group, a consulting firm that specializes in helping manufacturing, industrial and large commercial customers. One of its core services is power quality assessment, which involves helping manufacturers, for example, find ways to reduce power outages on production lines.
Denison was in Harrisburg Wednesday to announce her company’s move to Carlisle. Founded in Delaware, it is now operating out of the Ben Franklin TechCelerator on Lincoln Street.
“Pennsylvania has resources we need to help us expand our business,” Denison said, citing recruitment opportunities at colleges such as Lehigh University and Penn State University, as well as vocational-technical schools.
Denison appeared at the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry’s office on Walnut Street in Harrisburg, along with U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R) and U.S. Rep. Scott Perry (R). In addition to her company’s announcement, the focus of the visit was to promote recent federal tax reforms.
Denison said the lower tax rates passed by Congress at the end of last year have allowed many of her clients to afford new equipment and make other business investments. The firm works with manufacturers of all sizes, though she declined to name specific clients.
She said the tax changes also gave her more confidence to invest in her business. She is hoping to hire three people for the Carlisle office, with additional job openings posted on the company’s website. The company’s director of operations, Clint Coldren, a Pennsylvania native, is currently running the office.
As the company raises its profile, Denison said her goal is to continue expanding.