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FORKS TWP., Pa. | Gov. Tom Wolf's administration announced Thursday that a New Jersey manufacturer will relocate its headquarters to Northampton County, creating just over 100 new jobs and investing more than $16 million.

A.P. Deauville LLC, which manufactures health and beauty products, is relocating its manufacturing operations and headquarters to Forks Township from Middlesex County, according to a news release from the Wolf administration. State officials said the company has reached full capacity at its New Jersey facility and plans to purchase and renovate a 180,000-square-foot building in Forks Township. The state A.P. Deauville will create 105 jobs and invest about $16.7 million.

The company will receive a $250,000 Pennsylvania First grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development once the jobs are created, along with $50,000 for job training.

A.P. Deauville manufactures the Power Stick brand of anti-perspirant, body wash, body sprays and men’s grooming products, and the Glover Road facility in Forks Township will double its capacity, according to the state.

“The Lehigh Valley is a region historically known for its manufacturing strength and we are pleased that A.P. Deauville is relocating its operations here,” Wolf said in a prepared statement. “The need for A.P. Deauville to more than double its production space to keep up with consumer demand is a testament to the company’s growth, and it will result in a significant and long-term investment and 105 new well-paying manufacturing jobs for Pennsylvanians.”

The company may also apply for a Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority loan and could qualify for DCED’s Manufacturing Tax Credit program.

The Northampton County Industrial Development Authority also awarded the company a $105,000 job creation grant Program to offset machinery and equipment costs. County officials said in a news release that the company expects to spend $9 million to purchase the property, $5 million for machinery and equipment and $2 million for renovations.

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