BETHLEHEM, Pa.—Flexicon Corp. broke ground for an expansion that will double the size of its U.S. headquarters, President and CEO David Gill said.
The firm's operation in Bethlehem currently is 91,000 square feet.
“Doubling the size of our world headquarters will have the immediate effect of reducing wait times for equipment deliveries while allowing us to develop new product lines and secure patents on an accelerated basis, positioning Flexicon for exponential growth,” Gill said.
The expansion will allow the steel forming, welding, grinding/polishing and blasting/painting departments to double in size, and the electrical controls department will increase by four times its current size, Flexicon said.
The assembly department will be relocated into the new space and be eight times larger, with 38 feet of overhead clearance to erect larger systems and enhance factory acceptance testing, the firm said.
The facility will add 4,000 square feet for new product development and a total of 10 tailgate loading docks with two drive-in doors. The office space will increase to 37,000 square feet.
The Bethlehem headquarters oversees operations in England, Australia, South Africa, Chile and Singapore in addition to manufacturing equipment for the Americas.
The firm produces flexible screw conveyors, tubular cable conveyors, pneumatic conveying systems, bulk bag dischargers, bulk bag conditioners, bulk bag fillers, bag dump stations, drum/box/container dumpers and weigh batching systems.