Crayola opens 800,000-square-foot distribution center

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Crayola has officially started occupying an 800,000 square-foot distribution center in the Majestic Bethlehem Center near Route 412 and I-78.

Built by Majestic Realty Co., the Crayola Majestic Bethlehem Warehouse will consolidate the company's current warehouse operations in Harrisburg and several other locations.

The company will fully exit the Harrisburg site once the lease expires in April. Crayola plans to transfer products and operations to the new Bethlehem facility this month, start shipping products to customers in January and begin full operations in March.

The company will transfer about 15 employees from the Harrisburg site, and the new facility will employ up to 70 workers.

Merchandising, shipping and receiving will now all be under one roof. Peter Ruggiero, executive vice president of global operations for Crayola LLC, said Crayola selected the site mainly for its proximity to rail service, citing it would save about 100,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year and considerable time spent shipping products.

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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