PFNonwovens (PFN) continues to find success nearly 25 years after opening its facility in the Humboldt Industrial Park. The company is expanding its operations once again because of the benefits that Greater Hazleton’s location, workforce and quality of living bring to its operations.
Humboldt Industrial Park’s prime location near Interstates 80 and 81 and close proximity to I-84, I-380, and I-476 make it convenient for PFN to reach its customers and for employees to access its facility.
“With access to five major interstates, it is easy for us to transport our nonwovens to the Northeast’s major metro areas and it also allows easy access for team members traveling a distance. In addition to the highway transportation access to get products out to our customers, the railcar access in our industrial park has been instrumental in transporting raw materials in to PFN,” Maureen Brown-Fierro, PFN’s Purchasing & Logistics Administrator, said. “Northeast Pennsylvania has a strong and reputable work ethic that has been around for multiple generations. Our team members are exceptional workers and have not let us down in the 23 years we’ve been doing business here. They have set a high standard for excellence in manufacturing, teamwork and work ethic.”
Brown-Fierro added that the quality of living in Northeastern Pennsylvania has also been a benefit for the company.
“PFN believes that NEPA is a great place to live, thanks to affordable housing, good schools, fantastic state parks, unique cultural dining experiences and so much more. Our investment in Hazleton is a demonstration that we are committed to the Hazleton area and to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” she said. “We firmly believe that our company’s greatest asset is our people, and we have developed a very robust, experienced, and dedicated team. Our corporate culture promotes strong family values and we are committed to the Hazleton community and surrounding areas.”
PFN, which is one of the leading global producers of nonwovens for use in the personal hygiene market, is finalizing construction on a 170,562 square-foot expansion to support the growth in demand for the company’s soft and sustainable products. The company expects to begin Phase 2 of the expansion sometime in 2022.
Brown-Fierro said this initial phase of the company’s expansion plans will provide PFN with “a state-of-the-art nonwoven manufacturing line featuring proprietary technology to support our business growth.”
This expansion project is the first since PFN assumed ownership from First Quality Nonwovens in 2018. First Quality Nonwovens expanded the original facility seven times between 1999 and 2009.