Allentown's economic resurgence has netted strong growth in the downtown core with office, retail and residential developments sprouting up the past few years.
But now, a manufacturer has been lured to the city’s east side.
Royal Industries International, a Brooklyn manufacturer of promotional products, will relocate its facility from Brooklyn to Allentown, creating 80 jobs over a period of three years and investing at least $3.7 million into the new space, Pennsylvania announced.
The company is looking to move to a facility at 1131 N. Plymouth St., said Michael Gerber, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development. The company will begin hiring early next year, Gerber said.
Royal Industries operates a 55,000-square-foot-facility in Brooklyn and said in a news release it required more space to accommodate additional production resulting from recent company acquisitions.
At its Allentown facility, the company will acquire and renovate the building and purchase equipment and furniture for its operation.
Mike Rudensky, co-owner of Royal Industries, declined to comment on the company’s plans or when the move would take place.
According to Lehigh County property records, the distribution/warehouse building sits on three acres and is owned by Secured Properties LLP and occupied by Lehigh Valley Logistics.
“The city’s Department of Community and Economic Development worked cooperatively and feverishly with Royal and our local and state economic development partners over the last six months to bring the company to Allentown,” said Mayor Ed Pawlowski in a statement. “I am very pleased that this expanding company has chosen Allentown, creating 80 new manufacturing jobs in the city.”
Royal said it received a funding proposal from the state Department of Community & Economic Development for a $27,000 grant for job training and $63,000 in job creation tax credits to be distributed upon the creation of the new jobs. It also received a $1.8 million Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority low-interest loan.
The Governor’s Action Team, a group of economic development professionals, and the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. coordinated the project.
“The project was aided by the remarkable collaborative efforts of several Lehigh Valley organizations, including LVEDC, the city of Allentown and the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce,” said Don Cunningham, president and CEO of LVEDC in a statement. “Economic development doesn’t occur in a vacuum, and while these organizations have always worked closely together, the level of collaboration in this instance has been truly exemplary.”