Forks Township manufacturer invests $6M, will add workers

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Workers deliver machinery for Ecopax Inc., a Forks Township manufacturer that recently  completed a $3.7 million equipment and facilities expansion.
Workers deliver machinery for Ecopax Inc., a Forks Township manufacturer that recently completed a $3.7 million equipment and facilities expansion.

Ecopax Inc., a Forks Township manufacturer of single-use foam, paper and plastic products for both the food service and consumer industries, completed a $3.7 million equipment and facilities expansion that would boost the company’s manufacturing capacity by 50 percent and add 15 full-time employees.

The equipment includes a 12-ton thermoformer, a device that molds or fabricates the final product, and a 19-ton extruder, a machine that pushes or pulls the material. Both pieces of equipment are expected to operate at full capacity by the end of the year.

The company also had six new storage silos installed by its two existing storage silos, increasing the manufacturer's storage and production capabilities. In 2012, the company completed a $2.15 million, 75,000-square-foot expansion.

The company began interviewing for the 15 positions, with at least two of those roles designated as management positions. All 15 positions are expected to be filled by the end of the year.

"Business outlook is very positive," said Christina Wong, vice president of operations for Ecopax. "The 15 new hires will be supporting the expansion. The entire capacity will be expanded."

Wong said the company used several local contractors for the expansion, including Frick Transfer Inc. of Easton, Air Center Inc. of Bethlehem, Fritch of Bethlehem and Comroe Advanced Power Inc. of Northampton.

North Star Construction Management Inc. of Upper Macungie Township built the expansion.

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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