Wolf Administration Celebrates Grand Opening of New State-Funded Air Liquide Facility in Northampton County
Mount Bethel, PA – Today, Governor’s Action Team project manager Janet Smith joined company executives and local leaders to celebrate the grand opening of a new Air Liquide Advanced Materials Inc. facility that will expand the company’s manufacturing operations in Pennsylvania and create nearly 200 new, full-time jobs. The project was supported through funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).
“This new facility adds to the Lehigh Valley’s strong manufacturing sector and will create hundreds of jobs for workers,” Smith said. “The Wolf Administration is proud to support this project and remains committed to growing manufacturing not just in this region, but across the commonwealth.”
Air Liquide required additional space in order to grow and after exploring locations for expansion outside of Pennsylvania and the U.S., the company chose to locate into the 105,000-square-foot facility in Upper Mount Bethel Township, Northampton County, located five miles from its other operation in the area. The company plans to invest nearly $45 million into the project which will create 188 new high-paying jobs and retain 80 more jobs over the next three years.
“Air Liquide is committed to continued long term growth and engagement with the communities in which it operates,” said Paul Burlingame, president and CEO of Air Liquide Advanced Materials. “We are pleased that our community ties and strong partnership with the Governor’s Action team have helped make this investment possible. We are proud to contribute to the growing economic vitality in Northampton County and strengthening the manufacturing industry in the state.”
In July 2018, Governor Wolf announced the expansion project in which Air Liquide received a funding proposal from DCED for a $564,000 Pennsylvania First Grant and $564,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon the creation of new jobs.
Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132