Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, announces that Easy Signs Inc., an Australia-based manufacturer of digitally printed signage, will create over 100 jobs in the Lehigh Valley with the opening of its first U.S. manufacturing operation in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
“Pennsylvania’s friendly business climate and manufacturing excellence is well-known internationally,” says Gov. Wolf. “Easy Signs’ choice to locate their first U.S. manufacturing operation here speaks volumes about the commonwealth, and I’m thrilled to welcome them to Pennsylvania.”
Easy Signs expansion
According to the company, it has seen increased sales in the U.S., opening this new operation to continue that growth. The Lehigh County facility leased by Easy Signs comes in at 72,000 square feet.
The company anticipates a soft product launch at the beginning of May 2022, with a full launch by July 2022. Hiring for the new location began in March.
“We have spent years building Easy Signs into a customer-centric, ultra-efficient manufacturing company. With a focus on technology and continual innovation we knew it would one day be ready to launch into a much larger market such as the U.S. That day has now arrived and we are thrilled to be establishing in Allentown,” says Andy Fryer, co-founder of Easy Signs. “We look forward to creating a wide range of jobs for Pennsylvanians in the Lehigh Valley, and developing a facility and culture that allows people to enjoy coming to work each day.”
Easy Signs received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $225,000 Pennsylvania First grant, a $75,000 workforce development grant to help train workers, and a $1 million loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA).
Easy Signs has committed to investing more than $2.8 million into the project and creating 130 full-time jobs over the next three years.
“We’re pleased to welcome Easy Signs to the Lehigh Valley, and we’re glad to work with them to help identify sites and provide economic data about the region,” says Don Cunningham, president and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC). “Businesses from many countries have made the Lehigh Valley their home, and I’m sure Easy Signs will find the Lehigh Valley a perfect fit for its first U.S. manufacturing operation.”