Quietflex, a manufacturer of flexible duct for the HVAC industry and fiberglass blanket applications for the automotive, natural gas and construction industries, has expanded its manufacturing operation within CenterPoint Commerce & Trade Park East.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on July 13 at the company’s new location at 220 Research Drive in Jenkins Township, Luzerne County.

Since 2008, the company had been located in 80,880 square feet in a Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services-developed and owned building at 285 CenterPoint Boulevard in CenterPoint East.  Quietflex has expanded into 108,671 square feet in the 279,000 square foot industrial building on Research Drive recently constructed on speculation by Mericle.

Headquartered in Houston, Quietflex was founded in 1976 to meet the market demand for high-quality, affordable, flexible duct.  The company is a subsidiary of Daikin North America LLC,  the largest HVAC and refrigerant manufacturer in the world.

In 1997, Quietflex pioneered the use and manufacturing of various fiberglass products, creating greater efficiency levels for end-users. The fiberglass material used in QuietFlex’s innovative products can also be found in the automotive industry, underground tank insulation, various HVAC applications, etc.  The company sells flex duct products to customers throughout the United States. Customers range in size from multi-billion dollar corporations to smaller, entrepreneurial sole proprietors.

In addition to its Houston headquarters, where it operates a 400,000 square foot manufacturing plant, Quietflex also has facilities in Phoenix, Arizona and Groveland, Florida.

Mericle President Robert Mericle said one of the reasons his company began constructing the building on Research Drive was to keep pace with an increase in inquiries from local and out-of-area manufacturing companies seeking space.

“There’s been a noticeable increase in calls from manufacturers,” Mericle said.  “We want to make sure we have the type of space they need so we decided to construct the Research Drive facility on speculation.  We are thrilled that Quietflex has decided to be an anchor in our new building.  They’ve been a great tenant.”

Mericle recently constructed a new manufacturing and headquarters facility for long-time tenant Itoh Denki in Hanover Crossings.  In 2014, Austrian packaging company Greiner Packaging International opened its first U.S. manufacturing plant in a Mericle industrial building in CenterPoint Commerce & Trade Park West, Pittston Township.

Mericle Vice President Jim Hilsher coordinated the Quietflex lease transaction with Mike Zerbe of Colliers International of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania and Andy Iverson and Ross James of Jackson Cooksey, Houston, Texas.

Hilsher said it is not uncommon for Mericle to relocate companies within its own portfolio.  “Because we are always constructing new buildings on speculation, we are ready to accommodate tenants that need more space,” he said.  We know our tenants’ needs, which makes it easy for us to quickly move them from one Mericle building to another.”

Founded by Robert K. Mericle, Mericle Construction Inc. self-performs virtually all aspects of development and construction, using its own in-house personnel, Mericle Construction is better able to control costs and fast track delivery schedules to meet its clients’ needs. It fashions itself as a throwback to the “master builder” of old when experienced craftsmen self-performed all aspects of the construction process.

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