Chemical Manufacturer to Build Facility in Pennsylvania

Voltaix LLC, a North Branch, N.J.-based manufacturer of specialty chemicals, plans to open a new facility in Upper Mount Bethel Township, Pa., creating 53 jobs.

The company will move its specialty gas and chemical production operations to Upper Mount Bethel Township, and will construct a production plant, warehouse and office building at the Portland Industrial Park as part of a $22 million project, according to the state.

"This purpose-built facility in the Portland Industrial Park represents a major milestone for Voltaix," said Mark Wilkinson, executive vice president of Voltaix. "It positions us well to execute on technical and strategic initiatives in several high-growth markets, and to provide our customers with higher capacity and improved redundancy. We look forward to working closely with the local communities as we establish and grow our manufacturing capabilities in Pennsylvania."

The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. worked with the company and the Governor's Action Team to secure a $2.76 million funding offer from the Department of Community and Economic Development for the project. The offer includes a $250,000 opportunity grant, a $1.86 million loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority, a $500,000 loan from the Machinery and Equipment Loan Fund, $106,000 in job training assistance, and $53,000 in job-creation tax credits, according to the state.

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