Electric company to open Palmer distribution center and create 100 jobs – The Morning Call

A European electrical equipment manufacturer will take over one of the new Chrin Commerce Center warehouses in Palmer Township, creating more than 100 jobs.

ABB announced Wednesday the opening of a distribution center for its installation products division at Carson 33. The 350,000 square foot building is located at 1000 Carson Court, next to an Amazon Fulfillment Center and a UPS Hub. It is on the north side of Main Street and near its intersection with Route 33.

The building had been vacant since California-based Carson Companies completed it in 2021.

Carson already has a presence in the 800-acre complex with buildings across Highway 33 that house Well Woven, a carpet manufacturer, NRI, a clothing fulfillment company, and Scholastic, which distributes books for children.

In March, Carson purchased 95 acres at 1571 Van Buren Road, where he will build five warehouses in two phases. The buildings will cover approximately 1.14 million square feet and occupy one of two lots.

The second lot, which faces Main Street, covers 18 acres and will accommodate future retail businesses.

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Matthias Heilmann, president of ABB Installation, said the investment has added more than $100 million to US expansion in recent years.

“The United States is ABB’s largest single growth market, and the company has invested more than $14 billion in the United States since 2010,” Heilmann said in a statement. “Regionalizing our global supply chain to the Lehigh Valley community reduces our carbon footprint by bringing us closer to our customers to continue to meet their needs for safe, smart, and sustainable electrification solutions.”

The distribution center is scheduled to open in January 2023. It will stock over 5,000 medium voltage electrical products such as cable ties, commercial boxes and fittings and other cable accessories. Currently, these products are delivered from a plant in Mississippi.

The company said it expects the location to cut delivery times by 50% to its Northeast customers.

This adds to ABB’s presence in Pennsylvania, which includes an instrument manufacturing center in Bucks County’s Warminster Township.

ABB Installation Products designs, manufactures and markets products used to manage the connection, protection and distribution of electrical power in industrial, construction and utility applications.

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