GT Fabrication Receives Financing Through The Luzerne County Flood Recovery Program



When Eugene Tighe was laid off from his job as a production manager with a baby food products company, he took his severance pay to buy some of the company’s equipment. In September 1989, Eugene, and his wife Debbie, started GT Fabrication. Today, the Tighe’s run the Pittston-based business with their son Gino and daughter Tracy.

After nearly 22 years in business, GT Fabrication, which offers a full range of services from metal fabricating to powder coating, was destroyed by the September 2011 flooding. The Tighe’s had to rebuild their business from the ground up. Gino Tighe played an active role in Luzerne County’s recovery effort by sharing his story and testifying before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee in Washington, D.C.

With help from a $100,000 Luzerne County Flood Recovery loan, the Tighes were able to replace equipment that was damaged by the flood. And, Gino’s testimony helped initiate the Disaster Loan Fairness Act, a new bill which would shrink interest rates on disaster relief loans to a much more manageable 1%.

“MetroAction was extremely helpful with getting our business back up and running. They were friendly and the
loan was the best thing we have done for our business. We hope our business continues to grow and offer quality
customer service for years to come. We want to thank MetroAction for their support and assistance.”

GT Fabrication still has some of the original machinery from 1989 and the company will celebrate 23 years of business this September.