U.S.A.! U.S.A.! Competitive costs and consumer awareness spur more manufacturers to set up shop in America and the Greater Lehigh Valley.

Bosch Rexroth Corp. in April opened its new manuacturing and distribution center in Bethlehem Township, Northampton County. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

When German-based Bosch Rexroth Corp. sought to improve its manufacturing operations, it decided to build in Bethlehem Township in Northampton County.

When German-based Bosch Rexroth Corp. sought to improve its manufacturing operations, it decided to build in Bethlehem Township in Northampton County.

The maker of drive and control technologies, including hydraulics and electric drives, wanted to be closer to its aerospace and defense customers. Today it can serve 600 of them from its new 150,000-square-foot distribution and logistics center near Route 512.

The April expansion underscores one of the primary reasons why manufacturers — international and domestic — are investing more in operations in America and the Greater Lehigh Valley. They want to be where the action is.

Specifically, more manufacturers choose to build and expand in the U.S. and, in particular, this region because:

• U.S. consumers want American-made products, and manufacturers are noticing.

• The gap (or lower cost) to manufacture overseas vs. in America is shrinking.

• The Greater Lehigh Valley location is ideal for distribution – near major markets, ports and airports and with excellent access to interstates and highways.

• That central location also has spawned dozens of large warehouse, distribution and logistics centers in the Greater Lehigh Valley that attract new manufacturing.

• The region is seeing lower energy costs thanks to the natural gas growth in the nearby Marcellus Shale region.

It adds up to what could be a reversal in the trend to move manufacturing operations offshore. And it bodes well for the American economy.

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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