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Allentown Metal Works another step closer to redevelopment

Brandenberg works through the demolition of a former warehouse building on the Allentown Metal Works site.

The future of Allentown Metal Works on the city’s south side continues to come into focus as work performed at the site over the past year readies it to become a manufacturing hub as soon as next year.

Since June 2017 site owner Allentown Economic Development Corporation has completed selective demotion of 58,000 square feet of buildings that were determined to be functionally obsolete. That leaves three buildings on the site, which total more than 200,000 square feet to be renovated in several phases.

The second round of environmental remediation was also completed to address areas of lead-based paint and asbestos. An environmental covenant was executed and recorded with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, which is the culmination of the Act 2 Land Recycling Program.

Welders prepare old boilers for scrap on the former Allentown Metal Works site.

“The Act 2 program is the voluntary clean up program that provides liability protection for entities involved with remediating an impacted site,” explained Scott Unger, Executive Director of AEDC. “The environmental covenant is necessary on projects where engineering or institutional controls are required. The covenant serves to ensure that those controls are maintained and that the maintenance is recorded. It is also recorded in the courthouse so that future owners of the site are aware of the requirements that would be captured in a title search.”

Site development specialists Pennoni of Philadelphia have begun working on a development plan for the reuse of the site as well as renovations for the first of the three buildings, which is scheduled to be bid this summer. We expect to have the first building ready for tenant fit-out in early 2019.

“Creating exceptional paying jobs in urban manufacturing is the core success story for developing brownfields,” said Scott Campbell, Senior Project Manager for EarthRes, which acted as the project engineer. “We applaud AEDC and its stakeholders for their vision and persistence.”

Metal Works history

The redevelopment of the Allentown Metal Works property along the Little Lehigh Creek is a key project for AEDC. The former steel fabrication site had been vacant since 2011 and fallen into disrepair when AEDC purchased it in 2012.

Once the 17-acre industrial brownfield site is fully redeployed, it will be home to one or several manufacturers with the potential to support 75-400 jobs. There are three existing buildings totaling more than 200,000 square feet on the site, several with extra high ceilings, heavy crane capability, and the potential for rail service.

Funding for various components of the site’s rehabilitation has been provided through City of Allentown’s EPA-funded Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Pennsylvania’s Business in Our Sites Program, the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, and the BB&T Economic Growth Fund.

AEDC is currently securing additional funding to support the current and future phases of the project.

PRESS RELEASE: AEDC Welcomes New Early-Stage Manufacturer to Incubator

TRuCapSol joins the business incubation program at Bridgeworks Enterprise Center

Allentown, Pa. — May 14, 2018 — The Allentown Economic Development Corporation has approved TRuCapSol LLC to join its business incubation program at the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center. It is expected that the company will be operational by July 1.

TRuCapSol (Time Release Capsule Solutions) is a microencapsulation company focused on delivering active ingredients at the right time and right place. The company models its delivery systems after Mother Nature’s encapsulation systems, which allows them to produce environmentally friendly and world-class capsules. By utilizing their patented technology and production processes, TRuCapSol can decrease the waste and improve the effectiveness of the formulations delivered to their customers. The company’s initial product line will focus on the consumer goods space, specifically laundry products such as detergents, fabric softeners, etc.

“We are excited to have the TRuCapSol team join our ranks,” said AEDC Executive Director Scott Unger. “They are a notable example of how high-tech companies that create good-paying manufacturing jobs can launch and grow in the Lehigh Valley.”

TRuCapSol comes to Bridgeworks by way of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The company launched their research and development efforts at the TechVentures incubator in Bethlehem.

“We started in a lab at Ben Franklin TechVentures to prove our technology and develop the capability to produce several grams of our products at a time,” explained TRuCapSol CEO David Brand. “With our move to Bridgeworks, we will scale up to producing test batches of our products that are several kilograms in size which we can then provide for testing to customers. The goal is to attain full-scale production in a manufacturing facility.”

AEDC Program Manager Anthony Durante was also pleased with the new addition to the program.

“This is a terrific example of how the entire entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Lehigh Valley can work together to help create new companies and new jobs,” said Durante. “By fostering a collaborative mindset between organizations, TRuCapSol is able to capitalize upon all of the resources that both AEDC and Ben Franklin Technology Partners has to offer.”

 

About Allentown Economic Development Corporation

Allentown Economic Development Corporation is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve vacant and underutilized properties within the City of Allentown in order to create an environment where manufacturers and other companies can flourish throughout their lifecycle, from launch to rapid growth, and on to long-term success and profitability. By doing so, AEDC can advance the economic vitality of Allentown and the Lehigh Valley through job creation and business growth.

Over its 29-year existence, the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center, founded in the refurbished Mack Trucks Plant 4A in 1989, has helped launch more than 61 companies in Allentown that have created more than 618 jobs. It is a member of the Ben Franklin Business Incubator Network. Today, the Center is home to Amorphic Tech Ltd., ColdEdge Technologies, The Colony Meadery, County Seat Spirits, HiJinx Brewing Company, JH Plastics, LightLab International Allentown, MTS Ventures, Polymer Contours, TRuCapSol, and Zzyzx Polymers.

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