Change to the faces of two local cities in the area is due to Allentown's Neighborhood Improvement Zone and Bethlehem's Community Redevelopment and Improvement Zone; changes to the face of the Lehigh Valley landscape and its job market have to do with manufacturing and warehousing expanding in the region.
The Lehigh Valley International Airport has decided to sell 235 acres in Allen Township for development of a distribution center and warehouse park. Fed-Ex Ground is already being mentioned as a strong possibility for a probable tenant.
Summit Utility Structures LLC, which makes parts used in the power-line transmission industry, is renovating its facility in Allentown. The renovations will expand the site to 28,000 feet and add 42 jobs to the city.
Curtiss-Wright Corp., a Parsippany, NJ based defense contractor, will break ground on a manufacturing warehouse that will be resided in Bethlehem. The plant will be located in the Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII, cover 179,000 square feet, and eventually employ over 90 people.
B. Braun Medical Inc., a medical device manufacturer announced plans to move from Bethlehem to Upper Saucon Township in Lehigh County. The 21.5 acres that the company purchased from Lehigh University will be used to build a state-of-the-art headquarters and new campus.