Held in New Business Park, New J.E. Berkowitz L.P. Headquarters
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Gateway Business Park in Pedricktown,
N.J., the future home of J.E. Berkowitz (JEB) L.P., took place yesterday,
June 20, 2006. JEB, a privately-held glass fabricator, has announced
that it is moving to its new 200,000-square-foot plant and offices
in April 2007 and will be the first company to occupy the business
park, which is located off of Exit 7 of Interstate 295. The new
facility will be on 22.4 acres.
are the pioneers at this business park, and we are thrilled to be
staying in the state of New Jersey. Although we didn't want to leave
Westville, our home for 36 years, we had no ability to expand further
in the current location,"says Arthur Berkowitz, president of J.E.
Berkowitz, L.P. "The new site has immediate access to the interstate
and is across the road from a private airport."
The plant and offices were designed by Margulies Hoelzli Architecture
of New York City, engineered by the Thornton Tomasetti Group of
New York City, and will be constructed by Norwood Construction Management
of Allentown, Pa. The layout of the buildings will incorporate some
of the best practices found at the major glass fabrication plants
in Europe. J.E. Berkowitz executives traveled to these sites last
year to gain knowledge for its planned expansion. According to Edwin
Berkowitz, chairman of J.E. Berkowitz, the total investment in construction,
land, and new equipment will approach $25 million.
"We expect to produce 50 percent more at the new plant. To give
you an idea of how far we've come, we produce in half a day today
what we produced in a year 50 years ago," says Edwin Berkowitz.
J.E. Berkowitz, L.P. currently employs 220 employees and plans
to hire more workers when the new plant and offices are completed.
"As the demand for high quality precision glass products evolves,
J.E. Berkowitz, L.P. is making the commitment to meet that consumer
need," says Robert E. Price, director of sales for J.E. Berkowitz,
L.P. "By committing to building a state-of-the-art plant and offices
at Gateway Business Park, we are staying the course on our strategic
business growth plan."