Nexii Building Solutions, Inc., headquartered in Canada, is a green construction technology company that manufactures green building and retrofit products. Representatives from Nexii selected a site in Hazleton for its first U.S. production facility because of the immediate access to key transportation routes and a workforce that meets its needs.
The company anticipates hiring between 180 and 230 new, skilled green manufacturing jobs. Once it becomes fully operational, the business will produce more than 8 million square feet of building panels every year, and service projects across the Northeast U.S. markets, including New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
Nexii is opening the plant under a licensed manufacturing agreement with John Wolfington, who has sponsored the acquisition, leasing and development of several million square feet of commercial real estate during his career. Wolfington said Greater Hazleton's prime location was a key factor in Nexii choosing the location to expand its operations into the U.S.
“We are excited to bring more innovation to Greater Hazleton with clean technology that will help transform major markets across the Northeast corridor into greener cities. Highway systems and locations are key elements to get our products out to our customers. The Northeast corridor of Pennsylvania is a perfect location for us to serve the northeastern part of the U.S.,” Wolfington said.
Through his NEXUS-1 entity, Wolfington is working with CAN DO, the City of Hazleton and the Pennsylvania CareerLink, among other partners, to support financing, job creation and training capital toward the opening of the plant.
Wolfington said, “Working with Mark Minnig and CAN DO has been a pleasure. He has been a great help in executing on programs. The Mayor of the City of Hazleton and his team have been very helpful with any issues we've had. They are helping us with the process of getting a rail spur put in as well as transportation to the plant. The Hazleton CareerLink office has been coordinating with our HR team to put together job fairs and is working with us on our hiring process.”
Stephen Sidwell, CEO of Nexii, said, “The demand for sustainable and affordable buildings in the Northeastern U.S. market is greater than ever. From constructing new residential and commercial buildings that meet and exceed new sustainability and energy efficiency standards, to retrofitting existing structures to improve durability and lower operating costs, Nexii is affordably reducing the climate impacts of buildings.”