SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Simplex Industries in Scranton is expanding its business. The company, which designs and builds modular homes is modernizing its manifesting plant. It is starting a 3-D drawing program with Lehigh University.
"It's going to transform their manufacturing process and create efficiency and better meet customer needs," said Senator John Blake, who toured the facility Monday.
The Commonwealth, as well as Ben Franklin Technologies, is helping to provide the funding for this new multi-million dollar initiative. Simplex officials say the investment will bring 40 new full-time jobs to the area. The company, which was founded in 1971 has seen its fair share of challenges in the industry and see this partnership as opportunity to take their product to the next level.
"We went through one of the worse housing failures. We had to reinvent ourselves," said Patrick Fricchione, the president and CEO of Simplex.
"They came through some of the toughest times, but now they've gotten so good at what they do and can serve so many kinds of customers," said Blake.
And the partnership between Lehigh University and Simplex Industries benefits students by giving them hands-on experience in the engineering field.
"This is a poster child for how the government, academia and industry should be working together to make Pennsylvania more productive," said Gus Gustafson, with Lehigh University.
Leaders at Simplex Industries say they see a bright future for not only their company, but the entire industry.