Tuesday, August 9, 2016

More Jobs, Equipment and 3D Printing Coming to Simplex Homes

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.

Governor Tom Wolf and state Sen. John Blake recently 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 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.”

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.

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