Emery-Waterhouse is expanding its distribution operation within CenterPoint Commerce & Trade Park East, Jenkins Township and will hire 40 to 60 new employees.

The Portland, Maine-based company has leased an additional 37,329 square feet at 285 CenterPoint Boulevard from Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services. The company has been a Mericle tenant in the building since June 2008.

With the expansion, the company leases 173,320 square feet from Mericle.

Founded in 1842, Emery-Waterhouse is a full-service independent hardlines distributor serving hardware dealers, lumberyards and home centers throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. In 2008, the company launched its Emery Building Materials division with operations in the CenterPoint Boulevard facility.

Emery decided to expand within the Mericle facility to better serve its customer base in Northeastern Pennsylvania and in major markets such as the New York/New Jersey metro area and Philadelphia. The company said it will be more efficient to ship from CenterPoint than from its primary warehouse in Portland.

Emery will be hiring for day shift and 2nd shift warehouse positions. There will be selectors, loaders, receivers and replenishment positions available beginning the first week of June.

Mericle Vice President Dan Walsh coordinated the lease transaction with Gerald Moore and Michael Bartolacci from The Garibaldi Group, a Chatham, New Jersey-based commercial real estate brokerage company. Joseph Levin of St. Onge, a national supply chain strategy and logistics consulting firm, also provided assistance with the expansion.

Walsh said the lease of additional space by Emery-Waterhouse brings the 254,200 square foot building to 100 percent occupancy. Manufacturing company QuietFlex leases the balance of the building.

He said Mericle continues to construct on speculation in CenterPoint to keep up with tenant demand. “We just finished a 108,000 square foot flex building in CenterPoint West and have begun construction on a 120,000 square foot building in CenterPoint East.” “Occupancy in CenterPoint is very high so we want to make sure we have a variety of spaces available when job-creating companies contact us in search of space.”

Emery-Waterhouse offers product assortments across all major categories ranging from hardware, tools, paint and sundries to lawn and garden supplies. Its leading brand partners include 3M, Bosch, DP, DeWalt, GE Lighting, Minwax, Irwin, Lenox, Makita, USG, OMG Fastenmaster, Stanley Bostich, RotoZip and York Manufacturing.

In addition, Emery-Waterhouse offers value-added services such as innovative merchandising and sales solutions. For more information about the company, visit www.emeryonline.com

Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services, founded by Rob Mericle, is a vertically-integrated company with more than 200 in-house professionals with expertise in all aspects of commercial real estate development and construction.  The Mericle team includes licensed architects, land planners, professional engineers, surveyors, licensed electricians, plumbers, carpenters, certified public accountants, in-house legal counsel, leasing and marketing professionals, licensed brokers, property managers, and more. 

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