Bethlehem is getting a colorful new tenant.
Earlier this month, Mayor Callahan announced plans for a new 800,000 square foot warehouse facility. Now, we've learned that Crayola will be setting up shop there.
Crayola said it's consolidating its current warehouse operations in Bethlehem Twp., Northampton Co. and near Harrisburg to one place in Bethlehem.
The good news is that no Crayola workers in the Lehigh Valley will be losing their jobs. It's unclear how the consolidation will affect workers at the warehouse near Harrisburg, which is run by a third company, Crayola said.
The facility will be built near Interstate 78 and Route 412 in the Majestic Bethlehem Center. Majestic Realty will handle the construction. Crayola will lease the building through 2023.
Between 60 and 80 people will be employed at the distribution center, officials said. Operations will include material handling, product pallet assembly, systems support, logistics and distribution.
Crayola, one of the Lehigh Valley’s largest employers, is headquartered in Forks Twp., Northampton Co.
Crayola said its choice to locate its primary distribution center in Bethlehem signals its ongoing commitment to the Lehigh Valley.
Groundbreaking for the new distribution center will take place later this spring.
Crayola said it expects to begin full operations at the site in March 2013.