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Follett Corporation plans $7.9-million expansion

By Randy Kraft, WFMZ.com Reporter, RKraft@wfmz.com
Published On: Jun 25 2013 03:42:57 PM CDT
EASTON, Pa. -

Follett Corporation of Easton plans a $7.9-million expansion that should create 50 more jobs.

The company, which now employs 300, manufactures ice storage bins, refrigerators and freezers.

The project includes a 25,000-square-foot expansion, plus renovation of the existing 131,400-square-foot facility at 801 Church Lane, Easton.

Follett recently received $2.2 million in Pennsylvania Machinery and Equipment Loan Fund (MELF) financing for the project. The company worked closely with the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation to obtain those funds.

“This is a perfect example of state and county government working together with the regional economic development organization to help make funding available to retain and expand a manufacturer in Northampton County,” said Don Cunningham, LVEDC president and CEO.

“The expansion of Follett’s Easton facility not only better positions the company for future growth, but also benefits the entire Lehigh Valley because it keeps 300 jobs here – and creates another 50 in the process.”

Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) approved a $1.9 million, 15-year loan through the Northampton County New Jobs Corporation for the benefit of Follett.

Since 1948, Follett  has been an industry leader in designing and manufacturing ice storage and transportation systems, ice and beverage dispensers, and medical-grade refrigerators and freezers for the foodservice and healthcare industries. The company expects to grow with new products, such as large medical refrigerators and extensions of its recently launched ice and water dispensers.