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Victaulic Announces Plans to Invest Tens of Millions in Lehigh Valley Manufacturing Facilities

By Colin McEvoy on November 21, 2017

One of the Lehigh Valley’s top manufacturers has announced it is doubling down on its commitment in the region, investing tens of millions of dollars to increase its manufacturing operations, and creating up to 50 new jobs by next year.

“This is an indication of the optimism we feel for manufacturing in the Lehigh Valley,” said John Malloy, Chairman, President, and CEO of Victaulic. “Contrary to what you might read in the headlines, manufacturing is alive and well.”

Victaulic, a Forks Township-based manufacturer of mechanical pipe joining solutions and grooved pipe joining systems, made the announcement during the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation’s (LVEDC) 2017 Fall Signature Event on Nov. 20.

The company is expanding its Lehigh Valley manufacturing operations and adding a second shift to its Forks Township facility, adding 45 to 50 new jobs by the end of 2018, Malloy said.

Victaulic is also purchasing 28 acres of land in the Hecktown Road Business Park, located just off the Route 33 interchange in Lower Nazareth Township, to build a brand 400,000 square-foot facility, he said.

Additionally, the company will be making a capital investment in its existing Lower Macungie Township facility, which is currently operating at full capacity.

John Malloy, Chairman, President, and CEO of Victaulic, speaking at the 2017 LVEDC Fall Signature Event.

John Malloy, Chairman, President, and CEO of Victaulic, speaking at the 2017 LVEDC Fall Signature Event. (photo by Marco Calderon)

Malloy said all these investments are possible due to greater demand for Victaulic’s products over the past year, as well as the company’s growth and expansion that has been made possibly by its location in the Lehigh Valley. The company has more than doubled both its sales force and engineering force over the past 12 years.

“We wouldn’t have been able to have done that without the support of LVEDC, and the image that the Lehigh Valley has because of that organization,” Malloy said. “By showcasing the region’s capabilities, we’ve been able to recruit not only in the area, but around the country.”

These investments were announced as Victaulic was being featured at the LVEDC Fall Signature Event, an annual event that highlights a Lehigh Valley company that exemplifies one of the region’s four target sectors, in this case high performance manufacturing.

Manufacturing is the second-biggest sector in the Lehigh Valley in terms of economic output, making up $6.9 billion of the Lehigh Valley’s total $39 billion GDP, according to LVEDC President & CEO Don Cunningham. There are about 680 manufacturers in the region today, he said, employing about 32,000 people.

“A lot of people assume we don’t make things in this country or in the Lehigh Valley anymore, especially in the category of heavy industry and heavy manufacturing,” Cunningham said. “That’s simply not true, and Victaulic is a prime example of that. They are truly one of the leading manufacturers in the Lehigh Valley.”

More than 150 people were attended the Nov. 20 event, which was held at the Victaulic Guest House in Forks Township. Mack Trucks and Crayola are among the companies that have been highlighted in past LVEDC Fall Signature Events.

Victaulic’s new Lower Nazareth Township facility will house light assembly operations for its products. Malloy said the latest robotic and optical technology will be used to verify the quality of Victaulic castings and finished products through automated assembly operations.

Victaulic currently partners with Cast-Pac Inc. for light assembly operations in Hanover Township, Lehigh County. Malloy said those operations will be relocated to the new Lower Nazareth Township facility by 2019.

Malloy also spoke about the future of both Victaulic, and the manufacturing industry as he sees it moving forward.

Victaulic employs 3,600 global employees, with nearly 1,000 located in the Lehigh Valley. Malloy said a little over half of Victaulic’s sales are in the United States, and that 80 percent of what is sold in the U.S. is made in this country, and he expects that number to move closer to 100 percent over the next decade.

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