Logistics firm growing in former Paris Accessories site

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Photo by Christopher Holland: OCS Logistics is renovating the former Paris Accessories plant.
Photo by Christopher Holland: OCS Logistics is renovating the former Paris Accessories plant.

The former Paris Accessories plant in Allentown is seeing new life as OCS Logistics, a third-party logistics provider, which purchased the building last year for $4.1 million.

The company has renovated a portion of the 275,000-square-foot facility and is planning to revitalize the entire building into a distribution hub.

OCS has been an active operation at the site since January and is now doing full distribution with a 6 ½-day shift.

Instead of doing new construction, OCS Logistics selected to renovate and revitalize the Allentown facility. The company made major facility modifications to the building, including raising the roof height from 15-16 feet to nearly 30 feet to increase usable cubic capacity for storage and distribution efficiencies.

Inside, the company stacked pallets on steel shelves about four high to add additional space.

Increased job growth is expected as building modifications are completed.

The company employs 60 to 65 workers. As business development occurs, OCS could have as many as 100 to 120 people working at any given time, said Carlos P. Navarro executive vice president of the firm.

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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