Lehigh Valley

Air Products unit will move into new city building

TREXLERTOWN, Pa. - Air Products will move about 125 employees into one of the new buildings standing proud in the heart of center city Allentown.

The company announced Thursday it has signed a lease for office space at Two  City Center, which is being built on the northeast corner of 7th and Hamilton streets, directly across from the hockey arena entrance.

A company spokesman said the Air Products staff will occupy much of the fourth floor of the 11-story building.

Two City Center is scheduled for completion by next spring at 645 Hamilton St.

"That building is fully leased," said Jeff Vaughan, spokesman for J.B. Reilly's City Center Investment Corp.

Air Products expects to move its liquefied natural gas (LNG) commercial and engineering teams to the building in the summer of 2014.

Those teams are responsible for the design and sale of coil wound heat exchangers for LNG projects around the globe.

"Air Products has been a long-time supporter of the city of Allentown, and we feel locating these teams at this new development is a meaningful contribution and visible commitment to the revitalization of the city," said John Stanley, Air Products' senior vice president, general counsel and chief administrative officer.

"Air Products is the global leader in LNG technology, and our LNG teams will be great ambassadors for Air Products. In addition, this new office will be a showcase site for our company where we can welcome and entertain customers, job candidates, colleagues and friends of Air Products who are visiting the area."

Air Products will maintain its headquarters on Hamilton Boulevard in Trexlertown. About 3,600 employees work at that location.

In addition to its commitment to Two City Center, Air Products is a founding partner of the new hockey arena, and the Air Products Foundation will be the presenting sponsor of the Phantoms Charities, a new not-for-profit that will focus on giving back to the Lehigh Valley community.

Phantoms Charities will provide a mechanism for the hockey team's players to positively impact young people in the area.

City Center Investment Corp., the developer, previously has announced some other tenants for the $50-million building, which will have a restaurant on its street level:

*Buckno Lisicky & Company

*Davison & McCarthy

*Regan, Levin, Bloss, Brown & Savchak

*National Penn Corporate Headquarters

Vaughan said other tenants for that building have not yet been announced. He said the unnamed restaurant will be operated by Donny Petridis, co-founder of the Melt and Blue restaurants.

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