Swift Transportation opens new midstate facility

Phoenix-based Swift Transportation has opened a new regional facility in central Pennsylvania, signing a long-term lease for a 15,000-square-foot building on 6.9 acres at 170 Fulling Mill Road, Middletown.

Just off Route 283, the property – zoned heavy industrial – is within 3 miles of Harrisburg International Airport and easily accessible to Interstates 81, 83 and 78 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, according to Landmark Commercial Realty/TCN.

The landlord, The Amza Group LLC, was represented by Jason Grace, CEO and managing principal of Landmark.

Swift Transportation’s neighbors at Fulling Mill Road include FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight and a UPS parcel hub.

The company, on its website, bills itself as “America’s largest full truckload carrier.” Founded in 1966, it operates 30 terminals and 200 on-site locations, has delivered 3 million loads and driven more than 1.45 billion miles.

Select Medical enters partnership to buy small hospital in Tucson


Mechanicsburg-based Select Medical entered a joint venture partnership with Northwest Healthcare, a subsidiary of Community Health Systems, to acquire Curahealth Tucson, a 47-bed long-term acute care hospital.

Subject to regulatory approval, the transaction is expected to close early in the third quarter of this year.

In September, Select Medical and Northwest Healthcare plan to relocate the Curahealth Tucson hospital to the Northwest Transitions building, on the campus of Northwest Medical Center. Curahealth Tucson will be renamed Select Specialty Hospital – Tucson Northwest and managed by Select Medical, the majority owner.

“We are excited to partner with Northwest Healthcare to provide specialty care to high acuity patients in Tucson and surrounding communities,” Tom Mullin, Select Medical’s executive vice president and chief operating officer of specialty hospitals, said in a release.

He added that the partnership expands Select Medical’s post-acute care footprint in Arizona. That now includes three Select Specialty critical illness recovery hospitals (licensed as long-term acute care hospitals) and three inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, with a fourth under construction.

As of March 31, Select Medical operated 99 critical illness recovery hospitals in 28 states, 30 rehabilitation hospitals in 12 states, and 1,809 outpatient rehabilitation clinics in 37 states and the District of Columbia, according to the release. It had combined operations in 46 states and the District of Columbia and employed more than 48,000 people.

Harvest dispensary opens in Harrisburg

Harvest's planned medical marijuana dispensary in Harrisburg. The company is awaiting inspection by the Pennsylvania Department of Health before it can open. PHOTO/IOANNIS PASHAKIS
Harvest’s medical marijuana dispensary in Harrisburg opened this week. PHOTO/IOANNIS PASHAKIS

Harvest Health & Recreation Inc. opened its Harrisburg dispensary on Tuesday. It’s the Phoenix-based cannabis company’s fifth in Pennsylvania.

The new dispensary was first announced in July, with the company stating it expected the business’ doors to open by the end of the year.

The Harvest Dispensary is the first medical marijuana dispensary in Harrisburg and is located at the Camp Curtin Fire Station on 2504 N. 6th St.

Harvest operates about 130 retail locations with more than 1,700 employees across 18 states. In Pennsylvania, the company operates dispensaries in Cambria and Lackawanna counties and two in Reading.

“The medical marijuana market in Pennsylvania has incredible potential, and we’re pleased to be growing our presence in the Commonwealth,” said Steve White, CEO of Harvest. “We’re looking forward to providing qualifying patients and caregivers with access to high-quality, innovative products and experiences, while working to educate and partner with the communities we serve.”

The former fire station that houses the new dispensary needed a number of repairs before Harvest could move in, including preserving the station’s bell tower.

Harvest has five affiliates in Pennsylvania that each have their own medical marijuana dispensary permits through the state Department of Health. While the company currently has only five operating dispensaries in Pennsylvania, its permits allow it to open ten more in the coming years.