Schulmerich Carillons may leave Sellersville

Housing development may replace factory

Published: 4:41 PM EDT May 15, 2013   Updated: 9:18 AM EDT May 16, 2013

Schulmerich Carillons, Inc., a Sellersville landmark company since 1950, is closing its doors.

"It's sad to see such a business move out of the borough," said Sellersville borough manager David Rivet.

Founded in 1935, Schulmerich is the world's largest producer of carillons and handbells and one of only a handful of handbell manufacturers in the world.

Although it moved to Sellersville in 1950, Schulmerich first began expanding into a former shirt-manufacturing plant in the borough in 1943.

Jonathan Goldstein, Schulmerich's new owner, said the Sellersville plant is "functionally obsolete." He said the "growing and thriving" company will look for a more updated facility, adding he is open to staying in Sellersville if another suitable site can be found for the needed production facilities.

"Sellersville has been our home for a long time," said Goldstein, who purchased the company nine months ago. He said  Schulmerich is releasing a new electronic carillon today, its first new instrument in 15 years.

The plant is off South Main Street, at the southern end of Sellersville.

Goldstein has an agreement of sale with developer W.B. Homes to purchase the property and replace the factory with a "small" housing development.

The borough manager noted the industrial zoned property will have to be rezoned before houses could be built there. W.B. Homes has  been in contact with the borough about that rezoning.

W.B. Homes has presented sketch plans of its proposed housing development to the borough's planning commission. Rivet says public hearings would be publicized and held before any zoning change would take place. He  said the Bucks County Planning Commission also would have to approve any zoning change.