A manufacturer of products for the food and beverage industry and an American automaker now occupy an industrial facility in Hanover Township, Northampton County.
New Hampshire-based DevTech PET Inc., a subsidiary of Envases Universales of Mexico City, manufactures custom plastic preforms and containers. By the end of March, a company official said, it will have its first Lehigh Valley plant up and running at 5210 Jaindl Blvd., adding 32 jobs.
Tesla Inc. is another tenant in the newly constructed building. The California-based electric vehicle company has a small office and warehouse, but no vehicle sales at this location, confirmed Yvonne Kutz, zoning officer for Hanover Township.
Tesla is not manufacturing vehicles at the site, either.
Tesla representatives could not be reached for comment via phone or email.
Alan Weaver, plant manager for DevTech, said his company, which does not yet have its certificate of occupancy, is installing infrastructure.
“By the end of March, we will have our certificate of occupancy and it will be an official deal,” Weaver said. “The Lehigh Valley works so well as we are building our business model.”
DevTech announced in September it will invest $18.1 million in the 120,000-square-foot-property. It is looking to build its footprint in the Valley, Weaver said.
The Hanover Township site is the first new site that DevTech occupied, Weaver said. Previously, the company, which has been in existence for 20 years, moved into existing buildings to expand, he added.
The company will manufacture and ship its products at the site and mainly serve beverage companies in the bottling industry, Weaver said.
It will start manufacturing preforms, which are essentially the first step of bottle-making and look similar to test tubes, he said.
“We’ve been doing a lot of training and coaching,” Weaver said. “The plan is to run a 24-hour operation. … We are really in a growth mode here.”
DevTech received a funding proposal from the state Department of Community & Economic Development that included a $150,000 grant, $96,000 in tax credits to be distributed upon the creation of the 32 jobs and $21,600 for funding in employee training.
The Governor’s Action Team, a group of economic development professionals, coordinated the project, as did the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp.