Voltaix, the provider of materials to enhance the performance of semiconductor chips and solar cells, has announced its plans to open a new manufacturing facility in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. The plant will be constructed at the Portland Industrial Park in Upper Mt. Bethel Township.
The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation worked with Voltaix and the Governor’s Action Team to secure a US$2,764,000 funding offer from the Department of Community and Economic Development for the project. The offer includes a US$250,000 opportunity grant, a US$1,855,000 loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority, a US$500,000 loan from the Machinery and Equipment Loan Fund, US$106,000 in job training assistance, and US$53,000 in job creation tax credits.
“This purpose-built facility in the Portland Industrial Park represents a major milestone for Voltaix. It positions us well to execute on technical and strategic initiatives in several high growth markets, and to provide our customers with higher capacity and improved redundancy,” said Mark Wilkinson, executive vice president of Voltaix. “We look forward to working closely with the local communities as we establish and grow our manufacturing capabilities in Pennsylvania.”
“Voltaix’s decision to move to Pennsylvania shows that our economic development programs continue to work,” said Governor Ed Rendell. “The jobs created over the next three years will offer great salaries. The township, county and state will also benefit from the company’s presence here.”
Plant construction is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of this year, with operations commencing in 2011.