Over 200 people gathered in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley yesterday for Air Products’ construction celebration and ceremonial groundbreaking for its new global headquarters.
The new headquarters, scheduled to open in Summer 2021, is located a little over one mile from the existing location and will be the base for approximately 2,000 Air Products employees with capacity for growth.
Air Products colleagues, state and local elected officials and dignitaries attended the event, at 1940 Air Products Boulevard, where Seifi Ghasemi, Air Products’ Chairman, President and CEO, spoke of the headquarters’ importance to Air Products’ future.
“We need a headquarters that represents who we are as a world-leading company. We want to create modern office and R&D facilities that are energising, collaborative and inclusive,” said Ghasemi.
“When you see the new global headquarters renderings, without any doubt, the new office space and world-class R&D facility will be representative of who we are and what we stand for.”
“The new headquarters will exemplify our ‘4S’ culture and reflect the safety, speed, simplicity and self-confidence that have driven our success and will continue to do so.”
“We will also emphasise a fifth ‘S’ with these new facilities – Sustainability. Sustainability is at the heart of what we do as a business, everyday around the world. That’s important to our customers, our partners, and our talented and committed employees.”
The sustainability factor of the new facility will be illustrated through its small building footprint with a tall office building and parking garage, energy efficient buildings, solar panels, green roofs, and a state-of-the-art fuelling station for hydrogen-powered cars.
“Air Products has a nearly 80-year history – most of it right here in the Lehigh Valley. There are certain values instilled in people because of where we are today, because of the people who live in this area, who contribute to its success, and who call it home,” Ghasemi continued.
“So, it became clear this location worked best for us, and we have never wavered from the decision to stay.”
Neil Weaver, Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development’s Executive Deputy, Pat Browne, Pennsylvania’s State Senator and Gary Day, State Representation also spoke at the event.
“While Air Products continues to grow and expand its worldwide footprint, it has remained dedicated to its roots here in the Lehigh Valley,” said Browne.
“With other attractive locations available to build its new headquarters throughout the country and the world, Air Products’ decision to relocate within the Lehigh Valley speaks volumes to it leadership’s and employees’ commitment to and investment in the local community and the Commonwealth.”
“After over 70 years of commitment to the people living in this area, Air Products decided to recommit to Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania with their new headquarters location. I look forward to Pennsylvania being just as committed to them,” said Day.
Throughout construction of the new facility, Air Products’ headquarters will remain at its current location in Allentown.
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