Allentown Economic Development Corporation

About AEDC

Here at the Allentown Economic Development Corporation, we believe in making things, making things happen, making things work. As a pioneer and leader in the Urban Made initiative, we consider America’s cities its strongest resource and best asset for 21st Century manufacturing.

We should know.

Allentown has long been home to some of the nation’s most well-known products and manufacturing remains a key element in the local economy. Our organization is based in a former Mack Trucks assembly plant that was transformed into a manufacturing-focused business incubator nearly 25 years ago. The business incubator has helped launch more than 40 companies that have created nearly 300 jobs.

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Our city is home to a variety of diverse manufacturers such as Bradley Pulverizer Company, which has called Allentown its home for more than a century, as well as cutting-edge technology pioneers like Applied Separations, a leader in supercritical fluids research and equipment production.

Companies in Allentown benefit from an educated and talented local workforce, many of whom live within walking distance of their employers, as well as a modern mass transit system, one of the most reliable and affordable utility systems in the nation and an enviable location that boasts easy access to markets throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States.

But Allentown and the Allentown Economic Development Corporation are more than just about manufacturing.

Allentown is home to one of the most noteworthy urban revitalization efforts currently underway in the United States, with $1 billion in economic development bringing new businesses and 4,000 new jobs to our city over the next two years.

If you are looking to start, expand, or relocate your business, Allentown is the place and the time is now. Let AEDC help you make this happen!

Contact us today!

Based in a non-descript, five-story building that once housed a retail outlet, Applied Separations is a leader in building the devices used to produce supercritical fluids – the substance created when a material is captured between its liquid and gaseous states. Supercritical fluids have been used for processes as diverse as decaffeinating coffee and extracting spice oils to creating ultra-efficient insulations and preserving artifacts retrieved from sunken Civil War submarines and archeological digs.

Applied Separations employs about 50 to 60 people in the company’s headquarters building, where they assemble the devices primarily used to create a supercritical fluid from carbon dioxide. Founded in 1988, Applied Separations is a product of the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center, where it was originally based, and the Ben Franklin Technology Partners, one of its original financial supporters.

The company moved into the 35,000-square-foot building on Hamilton Street in 1998 and occupied only 2,000-square-feet of space. Today it fills the entire building and Schlake is renting additional space a few blocks away. In addition to the supercritical fluid devices, Applied Separations also boasts two recently constructed clean rooms where it assembles and packages DNA kits for use in forensics that are shipped to clients all over the world.

“We have an education issue. Right now we are seeing a real growth in our industry because people are becoming more aware of it.”

Rolf SchlakeOwner and Co-FounderApplied Separations.
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