|Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez's workforce|
praised for making Curtiss-Wright Facility a Reality
Kerry A. Wrobel, President of the Lehigh Valley Industrial Park, stated that the employees who work at Curtiss-Wright can expect to see $500-750 million in new business development over the ext few years.
Another location, closer to the train tracks, had to be scrapped. Vibrations from moving trains could affect testing. Lehigh Valley Industrial Park and JG Petruccie were able to find a more suitable site atop a knoll, not far from Saucon Park. But there was no access. Installing a road and utilities, and in less than a year, was the challenge. They succeeded, thanks in large part to Bethlehem city officials.
Petrucci, whose company works with about 50 different municipalities, had high praise for Bethlehem. "The City of Bethlehem is the gold standard of municipalities, he said, as Mayor Bob Donchez blushed. He called Bethlehem's staff "phenomenal." He's proud of this project for three reasons. First, it is a factory, putting people to work with "sophisticated" and high-paying jobs. Second, it is an adaptive re-use of an old factory site. Finally, it is on the "front lines of our country's security."
Those security concerns prevented photography of much of what goes on inside the facility, which was partially blocked from public view. Cell phones were prohibited, too. General Manager Todd Schurra assured this reporter that there are no flying saucers stashed away. He did state that the Curtis-Wright company has a long history going back three centuries, at least if its predecessor companies count. They built the first naval pump used by Commodore Perry's fleet. The also built the pumps used on the USS Monitor.
That vessel sunk, prompting Petrucci to joke with Schurra to come up with a better example.