JENKINS TWP. — Quietflex has a new home, and it’s just right up the street from the company’s original building.
The business officially opened its new location at 220 Research Drive with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 13.
The original building sits at 275 Centerpoint Blvd. and is over 78,000 square feet, but the new building is over 108,000 square feet, which Branch Manager Eric Burkhart said is to accommodate for the business’s growth.
Quietflex manufactures flexible duct for HVAC industries and fiberglass blanket applications for automotive, natural gas and construction industries.
The company also has offices in Arizona, Texas and Florida.
“Over the past several years with our growth for customers in this area and the northeast part of the United States, that growth caused us to outgrow that building,” Burkhart said. “We needed to expand our finished goods, have more room for equipment and have better flow.”
Jim Cummings, vice president of marketing for Mericle Commercial Real Estate, said the new site was available through the “Ready to Go” program which markets prepared sites for businesses.
Mericle designed Quietflex’s first building in 2008 and was approached by the business in early 2015 about the relocation.
“Quietflex approached and said ‘Hey, we’re about out of space. Do you have solutions for us?’ and I asked if they considered moving a couple blocks up the street,” Cummings said. “They came up and said ‘Yeah, this would be perfect.’”
Construction for the Research Drive location began late last year, Cummings said, and it was completed early this spring.
Burkhart said the moving process began in May and finished in June.
President and CEO Ardee Toppe said there was no Pennsylvania location for Quietflex prior to 2008, and he played a big role in bringing one to Greater Pittston.
“In the beginning I was highly involved in it when we put a plant in this area,” he said. “We did a freight analysis, looked at all the lanes of shipping and trying to match them up with our customers and figuring out a good place to put our facility. We like the town and we like all of the people. … And it was just a great choice.
“At least I think so. I made it.”
There are currently 84 employees at Quietflex, but Burkhart is hoping to see an increase of 15 to 20 percent thanks to the bigger building and more job opportunities.
Having been in the new building for a month, Burkhart is already seeing business improve.
“All ready the space really helps us to better optimize the flow of our product from raw material all the way to shipping to our customers,” he said. “The old facility was just so small and everything was on top of each other, and we couldn’t get an efficient flow. So I’m really excited about this.