Two New Wilmington Tasks Creating 135 Jobs

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The Delaware Prosperity Partnership team launched 2021 by presenting two Wilmington projects — which will bring 135 new jobs to Delaware — during January’s Council on Development Finance (CDF) meeting.

Eastern Highway Specialists, a 17-year-old highway and bridge construction company that generates approximately $14 million in annual revenue, is investing close to $4 million in a new 4-acre headquarters on Downing Drive in Northeast Wilmington. The CDF approved a Performance Grant of up to $181,000 and a Capital Expenditure Grant of up to $60,000. Eastern Highway Specialists will create up to 17 new positions at the new site.

“This project will help EHS move into our next step of growth as a company,” said EHS owners Bob and Clair Field. “As native Wilmingtonians, we are also excited to stay in Wilmington and contribute to the economic well-being of the City of Wilmington.”

Advantage Building Supply Corp., a construction materials supplier, and Zulu Fire Doors LLC are expanding their operations to Delaware from New Jersey, investing more than $8 million in a site in Wilmington. The CDF approved a Performance Grant of up to $200,920 and a Capital Expenditure Grant of up to $138,000. Advantage Building Supply plans 118 new jobs

“The City of Wilmington is grateful to Eastern Highway Specialists, a long-time City-based business operated by a proud City family, for its expansion plans, and we welcome Advantage Building Supply to our City from its home base in New Jersey,” said Mayor Mike Purzycki. “Both of these projects will provide additional blue-collar employment opportunities, for which we are most appreciative, and signify continued investment in our City, which is critical as we gear up for the post-pandemic period to get all of our businesses thriving at full throttle again. This is welcome news, and we thank DPP for once again helping to enhance our city and provide needed job options for our residents.”

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