Chinese manufacturer to open facility in the Lehigh Valley
ALLENTOWN – Taizhou Fuling Plastics Co., a manufacturer of plastic tableware and kitchenware, announced today it is opening its United States headquarters in the Lehigh Valley, creating 75 new full-time jobs.
Team Pennsylvania Foundation supported the work to bring the company to the commonwealth.
Fuling Plastics USA (Fuling) has entered into a lease for an 88,000-square-foot site in Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County, to serve as its first manufacturing site in the United States. The company plans to invest more than $21 million in leasehold improvements, new machinery and equipment. The company has also committed to creating at least 75 new jobs within the next three years.
“We are very excited to bring our manufacturing to the United States, and especially to Pennsylvania,” said Guilan Jiang, President, Fuling. “This is a great area, and we have been received very well by the state officials.”
The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) including a $33,750 Guaranteed Free Training grant to be used to train its new workforce. Additional funding includes a $150,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant that facilitates investment and job creation and $150,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits.
The company has also been encouraged to apply for the funding offer as well as a low-interest loan including $1,875,000 from the Machinery and Equipment Loan Fund (MELF). Fuling has accepted the funding proposal, but must still apply for each loan and grant and agree to the terms prior to award receipt.
The project was coordinated by DCED’s Office of International Business Development (OIBD) in collaboration with the Governor’s Action Team, U.S. Commercial Service in China, the PA Office in Taiwan and the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation.
“The fact that a Chinese company has decided to establish its U.S. manufacturing operations here on American soil is outstanding news for Lehigh Valley,” said Don Cunningham, president and CEO of Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation. “Fuling Plastics USA is not only making a $21 million investment in our region but is also expected to create 75 new full-time manufacturing sector jobs that will continue to grow our region’s economy.”
Fuling was founded in October, 1992 in Songmen, Wenling City, Zhejiang Province, China. The company currently has three production operations in China, along with an R&D center. In China, Fuling is recognized as the leading exporter of plastic tableware and kitchenware, a national high-tech enterprise and an environmentally friendly company.