Lehigh County manufacturer has presence at World Cup stadium

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SUNTUF PRO was used for the Plácido Castelo stadium, known as Castelão, in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Contributed photo)
SUNTUF PRO was used for the Plácido Castelo stadium, known as Castelão, in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Contributed photo)

A Lehigh County manufacturer is playing a role in the World Cup by creating a product for a stadium that hosted six matches of the global soccer tournament in Brazil. Germany and Argentina play in the final on Sunday.

Palram Americas of Weisenberg Township created SUNTUF PRO, a product for the Plácido Castelo stadium, known as Castelão, in Fortaleza, Brazil, according to a news release. Owned by the Brazilian government and inaugurated in 1973, the stadium was revamped for the 2014 World Cup.

Part of this renovation included more than 75,000 square feet of transparent SUNTUF corrugated polycarbonate sheets to allow natural daylight on the field.

The manufacturer produced the sheets to length and the covering was installed, providing a watertight solution.

The company said it was the first Brazilian stadium to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.

Palram is a manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC product lines. SUNTUF PRO is marketed as SUNSKY in North America.

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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