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Food Packaging Company Opens New Facility in Lehigh Valley

By Colin McEvoy on June 24, 2022

Pianca Packaging has opened a new facility at the Riverside Business Center at 1139 Lehigh Avenue in Whitehall Township.

A packaging company that manufactures custom-designed containers for food processors, bakeries, and supermarket chains is opening a new facility in the Lehigh Valley.

Pianca Packaging LLC has leased space in the Riverside Business Center in Whitehall Township, where it will serve companies in the surrounding region with its newly-released products featuring tamper evident and resistant technology.

The company chose the Lehigh Valley based upon its central East Coast location, close proximity to major highways, access to market, and excellent workforce, according to Brian Knowles of Lee & Associates of Eastern Pennsylvania, which arranged the lease transaction.

“Pianca Packaging was searching for a new location that could satisfy several important criteria including the availability of heavy power to fuel its manufacturing operations, access to major highways including US Route 22 and a strong labor pool,” Knowles said. “Riverside Business Center emerged as the winner based on the immediate availability of space and its core location within a region with a recognized industrial user base.”

Pianca Packaging has more than 20 years of experience developing food packaging containers for many distinguished companies, including Applebee’s, Costco, Publix Super Markets, Starbucks, and Wegmans Food Markets.

The New Jersey-based company is leasing 28,901 square feet of industrial space at the 423,900 square-foot Riverside Business Center, a single-story light industrial building that sits on 34 acres located at 1139 Lehigh Avenue.

“We’re very happy with the location so far, and the folks at the township were great as well in terms of communicating and dealing with us as well in a very responsive way,” said Pianca Packaging owner Sam Guirguis.

The Riverside Business Center is located adjacent to U.S. Route 22, with immediate access to Interstate 78 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and is less than three miles from the Lehigh Valley International Airport. The building was acquired by Buligo Capital Partners this spring.

The Lehigh Valley’s commercial real estate has continued to show encouraging signs of recovery amid uncertainty created by the pandemic and global supply chain issues, according to the newly-released Lehigh Valley Commercial Real Estate Report.

The regional industrial market, among the nation’s busiest, expanded even as vacancy rates remained low and rents ticked upward, according to the report. Inventory grew by 1 million square feet during Q1 2022, totaling 141.2 million square feet, and another 5.4 million square feet of industrial space is under construction in the region.

Pianca Packaging seeks to solve food packaging and delivery challenges while minimizing food waste, ensuring the safety of food, and keeping sustainability at top of mind, according to the company.

Its patent-pending DR!P inserts separate juices from the fruits, which slow down the fruit ripening process, according to the company. Unlike the absorbent pads which can contaminate the recycling stream, DR!P is fully recyclable without the need to separate from the container.

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