CarbonLITE Chooses Greater Reading PA
CarbonLITE chooses Greater Reading for its East Coast location
Reading, PA – CarbonLITE Holdings LLC of Los Angeles announced today that it will open a new facility in Greater Reading as its East Coast location. CarbonLITE is the largest producer of food-grade post-consumer recycled PET in the world and specializes in processing used plastic bottles in bottle-grade PET resin that can then be used to manufacture new plastic beverage bottles, among other products. The project involves the construction of a 270,000 SF facility at the Berks 61 site in Muhlenberg Township, Berks County, with a total investment over $80MM.
The Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA), led by the efforts of Pamela Shupp, EVP/COO of the GRCA, quickly mobilized municipal officials and utility representatives to support the company’s requests for information after initial contact from the broker. “We know Berks County is a great place to do business, and it’s my job to make sure that any company considering locating here finds that out quickly,” stated Shupp.
Several factors drove the location decision, including heavy utility requirements and accessibility to major transportation routes and labor pool. The right site was ultimately identified in Muhlenberg Township. The municipality, like so many others in Berks County, was supportive and responsive to this business inquiry. “The team at Muhlenberg Township did an outstanding job outlining all of the requirements and being accessible to answer questions in timely and professional manner,” explained Shupp. “Responsiveness to site location inquiries is critical to the GRCA’s work, and having strong municipal partners like Muhlenberg Township is absolutely key.”
Mike Malinowski, Chairman of the Muhlenberg Township Commissioners acknowledged the work of GRCA and his team at Muhlenberg. “We cannot express how excited we are to have CarbonLITE join our community. Pamela Shupp of the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance did an outstanding job coordinating all the local and state resources to show CarbonLITE that Muhlenberg Township, Berks County is an excellent place to locate your business.”
Berks County Commissioner Kevin Barnhardt was engaged with the company from the beginning of the process, ensuring them that Berks County would welcome them to locate here. “Muhlenberg Township, Berks County and the GRCA pulled together to attract CarbonLITE and worked jointly for the betterment of the community and job creation for our residents.”
Leon Farahnik, President and CEO of CarbonLITE praised the efforts of the GRCA as well as their new location: “We are extremely excited to be locating our largest facility to date in Greater Reading in Muhlenberg Township, Berks County. I can’t say enough about the treatment we received from GRCA, especially Pam Shupp, EVP/COO. I have to truly say if it wasn’t for her tenacity and hard work with great response from Muhlenberg Township we would have not been locating at this site. Additionally, my thanks go to Commissioner Kevin Barnhardt from Berks County for helping us through this decision from day one.”
Ben Cohen, Managing Principal and CEO of Endurance Real Estate Group, part of the development partnership at the site, noted, "Endurance Real Estate Group(EREG) and Brasler Properties, development partners of CarbonLite’s location at the Berks61 property have worked with GREP, now the GRCA for many years to retain and bring employment based manufacturing operations into Berks County. We started working on the approvals for the site in 2014 with a process operation in mind, as the infill location has extraordinary heavy utility infrastructure and a superior employment profile, situated on the BARTA bus line. We are elated that CarbonLite will use the site as it was intended."
Randy Peers, President and CEO of GRCA said that CarbonLITE’s choice to locate in Berks County is continued evidence of the growth and strength of our local economy. “CarbonLITE is a good fit for Greater Reading and specifically to our manufacturing sector. The GRCA and our region’s strategies for business attraction, existing business support, and workforce development are contributing to our economic growth.”
CarbonLITE is an especially exciting business to locate here, said Shupp, because of its use of cutting-edge and “green” technology. “The company is committed to preserving resources and reducing the carbon footprint from PET bottle production,” Shupp explained. CarbonLITE is based on the philosophy of Bottle-to-Bottle recycling, and their system converts used plastic bottles made of PET back into plastic resin, which is then used to make entirely new bottles. The system is closed-loop, allowing for sustainable consumption because resources can be reused without degrading the environment.
Now that the location decision has been made, GRCA will continue to support CarbonLITE through the development, construction and ultimate start up of their operation. Shupp explained, “GRCA’s team is ready to facilitate access to workforce training, talent attraction and introductions to the business community.”
CarbonLITE is expecting to be in full operation first quarter of 2020. Upon completion, the company will be creating over 100 manufacturing jobs. More about CarbonLITE can be found at www.carbonliterecycling.com.
ABOUT THE GREATER READING CHAMBER ALLIANCE: Our mission is to be Berks County’s leading unified resource for building a healthy, competitive business community. Our vision is to assist companies to retain, expand and grow their operations and employment and attract new business to Berks County.