E. S. Kluft & Company, maker and distributor of Aireloom and Kluft brand mattresses, said Aug. 23 it has signed a long-term lease for nearly 99,000 square feet of newly constructed state-of-the-art production space from Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services in Humboldt Industrial Park, 1104 North Park Dr. in Hazle Township.
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.
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.
Mericle Vice President Jim Hilsher coordinated the lease transaction with commercial real estate broker Vincent Ranalli of the Wayne 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. The land on which Mericle constructed the 410,000-square-foot facility had been developed by economic development organization, CAN DO Inc.