A Pittsburgh-based manufacturer has announced that it plans to bring 79 new jobs to Lawrence County.

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development disclosed on Thursday that Bunting Inc. has purchased a building at 930 Cass Street in New Castle for a new aluminum extrusion mill.

The 333,980-square-foot building on 24.3 acres will allow the company to enter the aluminum extrusion market, and produce goods for the building, construction, automotive, and transportation sectors.

"Not only are they creating jobs and helping the local economy, but they are taking a blighted property and turning it into something worthwhile,” said Neil Weaver, acting secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development in a news release.

Bunting Inc. received a funding proposal from the state for a $2.1 million Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority loan, a $316,000 Pennsylvania First grant, and a $152,000 workforce development grant to help train workers.

The company plans to create at least 79 new jobs, retain two existing jobs statewide, and invest more than $16.8 million into the project over the next four years, according to a media release.

 “The Buntings’ redevelopment of this 100+ year old building into a 21st-century state-of-the-art aluminum extrusion facility continues to demonstrate that the workforce exists in our county to continue our manufacturing legacy,” said Linda Nitch, Director of Economic Development, Lawrence County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

 Bunting Inc. has manufacturing roots in Pennsylvania dating back to 1869 when it originally manufactured rubber stamps, tags, and nameplates.

The company has expanded into new markets offering products and services in the architectural signage and ornamental metals markets.