Tag Archives: manufacturing

Taking a chance: Katrina Marshall loved her job at Artistic Toys & Promotions so much, she bought the company.

A little over two years ago, Katrina Marshall took a big gamble. She had been working at Artistic Toys & Promotions in Allentown for about 12 years and loved her job. Starting out as a receptionist she was promoted to a number of roles within the company and became a vital part of the process of selling custom promotional stuffed animals to corporations and organizations around the country.

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Flexicon to expand operations into second LVIP VI building

Flexicon Corp. of Bethlehem Township is expanding. The manufacturer of bulk handling equipment for the manufacturing industry has outgrown its current headquarters in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VI and will move into a 50,000-plus-square-foot space about two doors down from the existing Emrick Boulevard space owned by developer J.G. Petrucci Co.

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Pandemic makes workforce shortage disappear, for now

Just a few weeks ago, manufacturers in Pennsylvania faced a hiring crisis with seasoned, skilled employees retiring and not enough young people choosing manufacturing careers to replace them. That dynamic has shifted dramatically in just the past few weeks, said Richard Hobbs, executive director of the Manufacturers Resource Center in the Lehigh Valley.

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Cannabis operator closes on $25.5M Franklin Labs acquisition

Harvest Health & Recreation, a Tempe, Arizona–based multi-state cannabis operator, said it closed on the acquisition of Franklin Labs LLC, a subsidiary of CannaPharmacy, for about $25.5 million. The acquisition, payable with $15.5 million in cash and a $10 million promissory note, includes a 46,800-square-foot cultivation and manufacturing/processing facility in Reading.

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