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Construction begins for $5M logistics center

Courtesy Palram Americas: Rendering of Palram America's 80,000-square-foot logistics center that is expected to open next summer.

Construction has begun on plastic manufacturer Palram Americas’ $5 million logistics center in Weisenberg Township, a facility that will warehouse and distribute polycarbonate, PVC sheets and other products.

Construction has begun on plastic manufacturer Palram Americas’ $5 million logistics center in Weisenberg Township, a facility that will warehouse and distribute polycarbonate, PVC sheets and other products.

The 80,000-square-foot building will be at 9735 Commerce Circle, next to Palram America’s existing headquarters, near Exit 45 off Interstate 78. The logistics center should be fully operational in July 2014.

The first part of the project includes the construction of the logistic center and an additional 80,000 square feet of outside storage space. For the second part of the project, Palram will construct an additional 80,000 square foot building during the next 15 years, company officials said.

The general contractor for the project is Serfass Construction Co. of North Whitehall Township.

Officials said Palram opened its polycarbonate plant in 2000 and built two large additions to this original plant. Then, in 2007, Palram built an entire PVC manufacturing facility at the site.

The logistics center will mark Palram’s third site in Pennsylvania, said Charlene Riegger, marketing specialist for Palram Americas.

Palram Americas and its parent company, Palram Industries, operate a global network of manufacturing, warehousing, distribution and sales facilities.

Despite the recent recession, the manufacturer has continued to invest in growth.

“It’s our diverse product line and reach into many markets that have allowed us to apply our resources to ensure profitability and job growth for the Lehigh Valley,” said Mike Howser, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Palram Americas.

The company serves six markets, including building products, individual wholesale distribution of plastics, the industrial construction market, daylighting [for which the company produces products that allow a building to have natural light], interior finishes and commercial greenhouses, Howser said.

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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