Axle manufacturer bringing 500 jobs to Breinigsville

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Due to sales growth, Kentucky-based Westport Axle, an axle assembly business, is expanding to Pennsylvania and opening its first facility in the state, bringing with it 518 new jobs within three years, according to Kelli Roberts, deputy director of communication/new media for the governor's office of press and communication. The 516,800-square-foot facility is now hiring and is located next to the Amazon ABE3 warehouse at 650 Boulder Drive in Breinigsville.

Westport will lease the Breinigsville facility for five years. The project would include leasehold improvements, the purchase of equipment and employee training. Westport will invest more than $5 million in the site.

Today at 1:30 p.m., Gov. Tom Corbett and senior cabinet officials will join with manufacturing leaders to announce the findings and recommendations of the Governor's Manufacturing Advisory Council at Westport Axle.

Westport Axle began operations in Louisville, Ky. in 1986 as a just-in-time service provider of forged-machined I-beams and steering knuckles/arms to Ford Motor Company's Kentucky truck plant.

As the company expanded nationally, its services grew to include assembled front steer axle modules for commercial vehicles, recreational vehicles as well as other various axles for construction vehicles.

In January 2005, Westport began its Logistics Division, which includes component integration and broadcast sequencing. In 2008, it opened its manufacturing division, according to the governor's office.

Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it. Brian also has a strong interest in health and fitness. He works part-time as a personal trainer at Steel Fitness Riverport in Bethlehem and earned his personal fitness trainer certification from World Instructor Training Schools. He loves to run and will be competing in his first half-marathon on Nov. 23 to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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