Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and state Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that Simplex Industries, Inc., a custom manufacturer of modular homes and light commercial buildings, will expand operations in Scranton, Lackawanna County, and will create 40 new jobs.
“It’s a great honor to announce that a third generation manufacturer that started here is now growing here,” Governor Wolf said. “Manufacturing is a critical part of Pennsylvania’s economy, and we’re proud to support the innovative technologies taking hold here and within the industry all across the commonwealth.”
Simplex Industries will re-engineer both of its manufacturing plants to modernize machines and equipment to integrate 3D printing technology, which will provide cost and operational efficiencies. The company will invest more than $3 million in the project, and has also committed to creating 40 new, full-time jobs, while retaining 215 existing positions over the next three years.
“Simplex Industries remains committed to providing quality modular products and also providing good, local jobs here in Lackawanna County,” said Patrick Fricchione, president and CEO, Simplex Industries, Inc. “This impactful investment will help us leverage technology to help expand our family owned company, and we’re excited to partner with the Governor’s Action Team and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”
Simplex Industries received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes $80,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs, $18,000 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training, and a $100,000 Pennsylvania First program grant.
“Simplex Industries has always been on the cutting edge of the manufacturing industry and this funding will help inspire their next generation of innovation as they continue to make smart investments to remain a leader in their industry,” Sen. John Blake added. “I sincerely appreciate the commitment of the Fricchione family to our community by making such a significant investment in technology and innovation here in Lackawanna County.”
“I’m happy to join in announcing this great news and congratulating Simplex Industries on the expansion,” said Rep. Marty Flynn. “Like workers all over northeastern Pennsylvania, the people at this company are committed to the work they do and they are helping to make a stronger economic future for all of us.”
The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with Lackawanna County Business and Economic Development, the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.
“Ben Franklin Technology Partners NEP provided assistance to Simplex Industries, allowing the company to leverage technology to become one of the leaders within their industry,” said Kenneth Okrepkie, regional manager, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania. “By working with the Enterprise Systems Center at Lehigh University, Ben Franklin was able to bring resources to Simplex Industries that allow the firm to strategically position itself as a thought leader within the modular construction industry. This project is another fine example of collaboration within the economic development community as the Governor’s Action Team, Lackawanna County Economic Development, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, and Ben Franklin Technology Partners NEP worked together to strengthen a family owned business that employs hundreds of people within one of our region’s urban centers, the city of Scranton.”
Simplex Industries was founded in 1971 by the Fricchione brothers and is headquartered in Scranton. Simplex Industries remains a family owned and operated company, and it is one of the oldest continually operating modular manufacturers in the country.
For more information on Simplex Industries, visit www.simplexhomes.com.