E. S. Kluft & Company said today it has signed a long-term lease for nearly 99,000 square feet of newly constructed state-of-the-art production space in Humboldt Industrial Park in Hazle Township, PA.
The company has already begun to recruit 50 new employees and expects to start production in mid October. Kluft expects to double the number of jobs during the initial term of its lease.
“The Kluft and Aireloom brands are unique. High-quality retailers have asked us to grow our production capacity in the East Coast region. This new site will be a state-of-the-art production and distribution center that mirrors our West Coast facility, enabling us to produce our full line of products for the first time on the East Coast,” said E. S. Kluft & Company President and CEO Earl Kluft. “Hazle Township is a great community with a wonderful workforce. We are excited about this new opportunity.”
Kluft has outgrown the former Park Place mattress facility in Denver, PA it took control of last year. Because of the age of that plant, it made more sense to find a newer location.
“We needed a place where East Coast buyers and sales associates could see our ultra-luxurious American-made beds at a visually appealing location. Our new facility sits majestically on a grassy rolling hill overlooking a highly travelled highway and also provides us room to grow as it is part of a 22 acre site,” said Kluft.
Mericle Vice President Jim Hilsher coordinated the lease transaction with commercial real estate broker Vincent Ranalli of the Wayne, PA office of CB Richard Ellis. Hilsher said he expects E.S. Kluft & Company to move into the front section of the building by early fall and start operations shortly thereafter.
“Our construction crews will be moving quickly to build out office space, add lighting and increase electrical power to support Kluft’s manufacturing processes,” said Hilsher. “Kluft looked at numerous buildings in eastern Pennsylvania. We are pleased our building is the right fit for the company and its manufacturing jobs.”
The land on which Mericle constructed the 410,000 square foot facility had been developed by local economic development organization, CAN DO, Inc. “This is great news for our area,” said CAN DO President Kevin O’Donnell. “E.S. Kluft & Company has an exceptional reputation for turning out quality products. When a community is able to help recruit new manufacturing jobs, especially with a company has highly regarded as E.S. Kluft & Company, it’s a very big win.”
About E.S. Kluft & Company: In 2004, third-generation mattress maker Earl Kluft founded E. S. Kluft & Company. Kluft’s Aireloom® designs offer artisanal quality and legacy features such as hand-tied coils and side-stitching. Kluft lines feature advanced materials and technologies, including high quality Belgian jersey knits and damask fabrics, Ellison & Robbins nested coils, New Zealand Joma wool, natural Talalay latex, bio-based foams and natural, eco-friendly fibers. Kluft is available in more than 350 select U.S. retailers and internationally.