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ADP’s New Allentown Office Shows ‘Continued Commitment to the Lehigh Valley’

By Colin McEvoy on September 20, 2018

A construction worker installing one of the glass and steel panels at Five City Center in Allentown.

A construction worker installing one of the glass and steel panels at Five City Center in Allentown.

Even as tower cranes raised heavy glass panels and steel beams into place at the site of the future Five City Center building, dozens of people gathered on Hamilton Street in Allentown today to celebrate ADP establishing a major presence in the Lehigh Valley.

The Fortune 500 company and payroll processing giant will occupy the top 10 floors of the 13-story Five City Center, the latest Class A office tower being constructed in downtown Allentown by City Center Investment Corp.

“ADP’s strategic decision to consolidate multiple locations in this Five City Center campus in Allentown further solidifies our continued investment and commitment across the Lehigh Valley,” said Bill Crawford, Senior Vice President of Sales at ADP.

“Since we first moved to Allentown in 2006, we have significantly grown to 850 employees, prompted by the hard-working and diligent work of our inside sales force,” Crawford said. “We are proud to be a longstanding employer of choice in the Lehigh Valley, with associate retention levels higher than the industry average.”

About 100 people gathered at 8th Street, between Hamilton and Walnut streets, for a beam-signing ceremony at Five City Center on Sept. 20. Crawford, City Center President J.B. Reilly, and others signed the building’s final steel beam before it was lifted into place by a crane.

“ADP’s commitment to grow in downtown Allentown will be nothing short of transformational for this community,” said CCIC President J.B. Reilly. “The impact of having such a bright, active and engaged group of professionals here will be felt by the downtown’s retail, restaurant, housing, arts and nonprofit communities, to name a few.”

The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) was involved with ADP dating back to their first entry into the Lehigh Valley market, when they opened their first telemarketing center in Upper Macungie Township. At the time, they cited the region’s strong labor pool and excellent colleges and universities as among the reasons they came here.

More than 100 people attended the beam-signing ceremony outside Five City Center in Allentown.

When ADP was considering their move to Allentown, LVEDC worked with a consultant they had commissioned to conduct an examination of the labor market and ensure the Lehigh Valley was first for the project. ADP was seeking to consolidate and grow, and a handful of different markets were under consideration before they again chose the Lehigh Valley.

“This new location will provide us the opportunity to continue our growth in the Lehigh Valley,” Crawford said. “We are proud to be part of the Allentown community.”

ADP, one of the world’s largest human capital management providers with more than 740,000 clients worldwide, has leased 243,241 square feet of Five City Center, which is slated to open by September 1, 2019, for its regional inside sales division.

ADP is leasing about 100,000 square feet in The Fortune 500 company is currently leasing approximately 100,000 square feet in Upper Macungie Township and has moved about 250 employees to City Center office space in downtown Allentown since the fall of 2017.

ADP will consolidate its multiple Lehigh Valley locations into one, bringing hundreds of ADP employees to downtown Allentown and making ADP one of the central business district’s largest employers, Reilly said.

“Having another top corporation come downtown illustrates again that companies – in this case one whose actual business is human resources – recognize that being in a vibrant, urban environment affects their ability to attract and retain talented employees,” Reilly said. “This move follows a national trend of companies realizing the benefits of moving from suburban to urban locations.”

Five City Center will feature an all-glass exterior with a two-story main entrance set back from the street. The building will be nearly 300,000 square feet, about the size of Two City Center, with first-floor retail space.

The Five City Center campus will also include a parking deck at 8th and Walnut streets with apartments wrapped around it and a second apartment building at Seventh and Walnut streets.

For more about Class A office space at City Center, including in Five City Center, email Jarrett Laubach, City Center Investment Corporation’s Director of Leasing, at [email protected].

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