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By Andrew M. Seder aseder@civitasmedia.com



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SCRANTON — More than 200 jobs will be leaving downtown Scranton, but they won’t leave the area.


Information management specialty company EDM Americas announced Wednesday that it will be moving its operations from the Globe Building on the 100 block of Wyoming Avenue to a new facility on Montage Mountain in neighboring Moosic.


“In our 30-year history, we’ve grown from a local document preservation facility to a global information management provider,” EDM Americas CEO Scott Byers said in a release. “We started as a Pennsylvania company, and we intend to keep a significant presence in Pennsylvania and the Greater Scranton area. I believe the region’s best days are ahead of it.”


The move is part of a larger plan to help EDM Americas better align with its United Kingdom-based parent company, EDM Group. In 2013, EDM Group acquired Diversified Information Technologies, creating EDM Americas.


Clifford Melberger, a West Pittston businessman who founded Diversified in 1982 and moved it to Scranton in 1997 after a fire destroyed its West Pittston headquarters, is no longer affiliated with the company but lauded the company’s decision to remain locally.


“I thought they were leaving for North Carolina, but it’s great that they decided to stay in the area,” Melberger said. He noted the company still leases space for record storage in West Pittston, Moosic and in the Stegmaier Building in Wilkes-Barre. GreenSpace Properties, Melberger’s real estate management and development company, owns those properties and has leases with EDM.


In addition, the company has operations in 11 other states, Washington, D.C., and Barbados.


EDM Americas will officially transition to Moosic in the early fall. It will occupy Montage II, a 29,519 square-foot, standalone facility owned by the Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Building Co., the economic development affiliate of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.


“The chamber remains focused on job retention and growth in our region,” said Bob Durkin, president of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. “In this particular instance, it was necessary for EDM Americas to seek a facility that worked with its business strategy in relation to its parent company. By working with Lackawanna County, we were able to provide a global company with a facility that directly meets its needs while retaining more than 200 jobs in our area.”


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