Bethlehem Township manufacturer doubling size of U.S. headquarters

Work is well underway on the expansion of Flexicon Corp. in Bethlehem Township. (Contributed photo)

A sign of exponential growth, one Northampton County manufacturer is doubling the size of its 91,000-square-foot national headquarters.

A sign of exponential growth, one Northampton County manufacturer is doubling the size of its 91,000-square-foot national headquarters.

This summer, Flexicon Corp., in Bethlehem Township, broke ground on an expansion project that would reduce wait times for equipment deliveries, develop new product lines and secure patents on an accelerated basis, said David Gill, president/CEO.

The company produces flexible pneumatic and tubular conveyors and bulk bag discharge and filling frames and related bulk material handling equipment for chemical, mineral, food, dairy, plastics and pharmaceutical industries, said Dan Capwell, marketing communications coordinator for Flexicon.

“Part of this expansion is to allow us to tap vertical markets such as coffee and beverage processing,” Capwell said. “We are looking at some other markets, as well.”

In 2013, Flexicon had 128 employees and $23 million in revenue, according to Hoovers, a subscription database.

Flexicon is looking to finish the expansion by December and is planning a January opening.

The addition would allow the steel forming, welding, grinding/polishing and blasting/painting departments to double in size and the electrical controls departments to increase four-fold.

The assembly department, which will be relocated into the new space, will be eight times larger than before and provide up to 38 feet of overhead clearance to build larger systems and enhance factory acceptance testing.

“The new building has a higher overhead, which will allow us to construct larger systems,” Capwell said. “Workers will have more access to improve products.”

The company will increase office space to 37,000 square feet. The first floor will be geared for an expanded electrical engineering department and meeting/training rooms – which can be combined with a new cafeteria using collapsible walls to seat 400.

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. 4108.

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