Schless Bottles To Relocate To Allentown, Create Nearly 100 Manufacturing Jobs
Plastic jar and bottle manufacturer Schless Bottles will relocate from its current manufacturing facility in northern New Jersey to Allentown, PA. The company will invest more than $7.5 million in building acquisition and renovation costs and create 98 full-time manufacturing jobs in Pennsylvania within the next three years.
Schless Bottles produces more than 250 million PET bottles annually and has been focused on manufacturing premium plastic jars and bottles. The company chose to relocate to Pennsylvania because it needed more space to expand its manufacturing operation and to take advantage of the Lehigh Valley’s workforce and proximity to major distribution markets.
“I’d like to thank Governor [Josh] Shapiro, the Governor’s Action Team and the people here in Allentown for helping to make this relocation happen,” said Mark Schlesinger, Executive Director, Schless Bottles. “We look forward to being part of the Allentown community for many years to come, and are excited to bring nearly 100 new jobs to the area.”
Since January, Gov. Shapiro has announced more than $630 million in new private sector investment in Pennsylvania.
“Pennsylvania is a leader in manufacturing across different industries, and I’m thrilled to welcome Schless Bottles to the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Shapiro. “Thanks to this investment, Schless Bottles will create nearly 100 jobs here in Allentown, creating real opportunity for more hardworking Pennsylvanians and their families. Their decision to relocate to Pennsylvania and create jobs here in Lehigh Valley should send a clear message to businesses all across the country – Pennsylvania is open for business and my Administration is committed to helping businesses here grow and thrive.
For its expansion, Schless Bottles received a funding proposal from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $300,000 Pennsylvania First grant and a $196,000 grant to train new workers.
“Governor Shapiro and I are working hard to make the Commonwealth a leader in innovation, job creation, and economic development — and Schless Bottles’ decision to relocate to Pennsylvania is another great example of how we’re making that happen,” said DCED Secretary Rick Siger. “Manufacturing is one of the Commonwealth’s key industries, and we’re going to strengthen the sector by continuing to make strategic investments in growing companies like Schless. I’m thrilled this manufacturer chose Allentown as their new home.”