East Penn Manufacturing Co., one of the world’s largest battery makers, recently purchased 40 acres from Kutztown Publishing Co. in Maxatawny Township for $3.9 million.
The property is bounded by Sharadin and Kutztown roads, about a half-mile from the Maxatawny Marketplace Shopping Center.
East Penn plans to relocate research and development and related operations from its headquarters in Lyon Station to the new site, according to Chris Paff, zoning officer for Maxatawny Township.
Some of the work will include research on small lithium-ion batteries and the fabrication of tools used at the plant, Paff said.
About 30 workers will be transferred to the new plant, which includes a 42,000-square-foot building that it plans to renovate, Paff said. The company will be using only about half of the building.
Company officials told township supervisors that truck traffic will be minimal, about one trip per day, Paff said, but it will be monitored. The area is zoned light industrial.
Kutztown Publishing is currently renting space at the building, Paff said. The printing company plans to move 20 employees possibly by August to a 16,235-square-foot building it recently leased at the Iron Run Business Park in Upper Macungie Township.
East Penn Manufacturing, a privately-held, family owned company founded in 1946, employs about 8,000 people worldwide.