NFI, a New Jersey-based supply chain company, and Hillwood, a real estate developer, have broken ground on a distribution site in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, which will provide warehousing services on the East Coast.
NFI, which will invest more than $9.3 million in the project, will be the tenant for a new 980,000-square-foot facility, which will be constructed by Hillwood in Weisenberg Township. The building will be used as the future distribution center for Ocean Spray Cranberries.
The Allentown, Pa., distribution site marks the first in a series of buildings to be developed by Hillwood at West Hills Business Center. Approximately 2.3 million square feet of Class A warehouse and distribution space is planned. The 230-acre site has access to Interstate 78 and is located near the northeast extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
“The investment of time, money and resources by NFI, the Hillwood Group and Ocean Spray is a true testament to the value of collaboration between stakeholders and the need for expansion in the Allentown area,” said Sid Brown, NFI’s CEO, in a written statement.
“The highway infrastructure provides easy access to several large metropolitan cities including New York, Philadelphia, Washington and Baltimore,” he added.