Lehigh Phoenix to boost production later this spring

January 06, 2012|By DAN DEARTH |

Printing company Lehigh Phoenix likely will tap the local work force to fill 20 to 30 new positions when it boosts production at its Hagerstown facility later this spring, according to the executive director of the Washington County Economic Development Commission.

“It’s my understanding ... that most would be local hires,” Timothy R. Troxell said Friday. “I think the  economy has finally stabilized. We’re starting to see a few companies invest some money. I think this is a sign of good things to come.”

Troxell said the new hires would increase the number of employees at the plant from about 370 to 390.

Lehigh Phoenix said Friday in a news release that the company will move some of its production from Rockaway, N.J., to the Hagerstown facility.

The company, which opened a facility in Washington County in 1992, is in the process of adding 28,000-square feet to its existing 180,000-square-foot facility at 18249 Phoenix Drive north of Hagerstown near the Pennsylvania border.

Lehigh Phoenix said it expects to complete the expansion and transition from Rockaway by mid-April.

The company specializes in book covers and other multicolor printing jobs such as catalogs, postcards and game boards.

Lehigh Phoenix is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Visant Corp. of Armonk, N.Y.

A message left Friday afternoon at the Lehigh Phoenix facility in Hagerstown was not immediately returned.

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