Lesjöfors Springs America, Inc., an industry leader in the design and manufacture of custom-engineered flat mechanical power springs and spring assemblies, will open its U.S. manufacturing headquarters in CenterPoint Commerce & Trade Park East, Jenkins Township.
The company has leased 61,656 square feet of space in the industrial building at 250 Research Drive recently constructed on speculation by Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services.
Lesjöfors Springs America’s capabilities include a wide variety of spring manufacturing. The springs are used in industrial hose reels, fall safety equipment, outdoor power equipment, elevator door closures, and many other specialized applications.
The company is part of Lesjöfors AB, a Sweden-based international manufacturer of industrial springs, wire and flat strip components. Lesjöfors AB is a subsidiary of Beijer Alma AB and operates from 21 manufacturing units in 10 countries.
Lesjöfors Springs America, Inc. will relocate its current manufacturing operation and all of its employees from the Ivy Industrial Park near Waverly, PA to the new CenterPoint location.
CEO, Brandy Davies said, “We needed more space and it was important for us to stay in the area and retain our skilled workforce. We chose CenterPoint because of its central location and close proximity to all of the major interstate highways in the area. We have doubled our square footage, allowing us the opportunity to optimize and expand our power spring operation. The space will also house the first distribution warehouse for the Lesjofors Automotive business in the US, servicing the North American market.”
The real estate transaction was coordinated by Mericle Vice President Bob Besecker. He said the project gives Lesjöfors Springs America the room they need to grow in the region.
“Our CenterPoint building gives Lesjöfors about twice the space they had in Ivy Industrial Park,” Besecker said. “Being able to retain these manufacturing jobs with the potential to add more is definitely a win for the region.”
Besecker said his firm recently constructed the building, 279,000 square feet in total, on a Mericle ReadyToGo!™Site. QuietFlex Manufacturing also recently moved into the building.
“We are seeing an uptick in requests for space from manufacturers,” Besecker said. He listed Lesjöfors, QuietFlex, Greiner Packaging and Itoh Denki as manufacturing firms that have recently occupied Mericle space in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Michelle Mikitish congratulated Lesjöfors Springs America on the expansion and praised the company for keeping its U.S. manufacturing headquarters in Northeastern Pennsylvania. “We know the competition between states and communities for manufacturing jobs is intense,” she said. “We should take pride in the fact that after examining all of its options, Lesjöfors decided to grow its business in our area.”
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.