Brandy has a new job! This is all so very exciting. Brandy will separate from the Air Force in December and will join the manufacturing firm Veeder- Root in Altoona, Pennsylvania. She will be working as a manufacturing engineer. Will will continue with the Air Force until next summer and then he will join Brandy in Pennsylvania. We are excited about this new beginning for Brandy! Join us in congratulating her.
Altoona, Pennsylvania is home to Veeder-Root's 160,000 square foot manufacturing facility. Employing over 250 people, this ISO 9001 certified facility produces mechanical petroleum computers, meter registers and tank level sensing devices. The facility is home to a wide range of manufacturing processes ranging from the die casting of molten metal to the manufacturing of sophisticated electronic measuring devices. In order to produce this diverse range of products the facility uses equipment ranging from manually operated drills to computer controlled millingand electronic pick and place equipment.
Altoona is located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in Central Pennsylvania. Penn State University's main campus is 40 miles to the north. Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, the nearest large metropolitan areas,are within a two hour drive of Altoona. Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore are a 3-4 hour drive away. In fact, Altoona is located within a 500 mile radius of 50 percent of American consumers and 45 percent of Canadian consumers. The I99/Route 220 corridor linking the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-80 places Altoona in the center of Pennsylvania's newest emerging growth area.
What's it like to live in Altoona/Blair County?
A city of 50,000 in rural Blair County, Altoona's economy was originally based upon railroad and transportation. Today, Altoona mixes this heritage with a variety of manufacturing industries, farming and tourism.
With much of its surrounding landscape unaltered, Altoona has much to offer for lovers of the outdoors. Blair County's forests, brooks and hills,along with four state parks, allow ample opportunities for fishing, hunting and hiking. Abundant recreational facilities include two family amusement parks along with golf, skiing, boating and horseback riding.
Ranked as the fifth safest city in the United States, Altoona is also rated in the top fifth of metropolitan areas for low cost of living. Surrounding Blair county offers a large variety of housing at affordable prices. Altoona's educational system offers an award winning school district, the 115 acre Penn State Altoona campus and a variety of private and technical schools. Cultural activities include a Symphony Orchestra, vibrant community theatre, art museums and the Horseshoe Curve Rail Passage and Railroaders Museum. All of this in a friendly community setting that pleasantly mixes the best of rural and small city living.