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Don Cunningham: Air Products and Lehigh Valley Have Prospered Together

By Colin McEvoy on July 25, 2018

This column, written by LVEDC President and CEO Don Cunningham, originally appeared in The Morning Call and on the newspaper’s website on July 24, 2018. (Click here to read Cunningham’s previous columns.)

Don Cunningham

Don Cunningham

Talk about not leaving the old neighborhood.

Air Products announced this month that not only will its new headquarters remain in the Lehigh Valley, but it will just bounce down the road a mile or so in Upper Macungie Township.

It’s a combination of a downsize and an upgrade. This is exactly what I’ve been trying to sell to my wife.

The Lehigh Valley’s largest company will go from a 235-acre location to a smaller 50-acre site, but into a new building with the most modern of research and development facilities and all that’s current in office and building features.

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