Vastex International, a world-leading manufacturer of screen printing equipment, has broken ground on its new corporate headquarters in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, it was announced by Mark Vasilantone, president.
“The new facility will enable us to streamline our manufacturing processes, increase our research and development efforts, and provide a state-of-the-art training facility for both new and experienced screen printers," says Vasilantone.
The manufacturing portion of the 37,500 sq. ft. purpose-built facility will house inventory, metalworking, electrical, assembly and shipping, with the remaining space devoted to offices, a showroom and a large hands-on classroom area with a full complement of screen printing equipment for Vastex University, the company’s training program for entry-level to professional screen printers.
The 8.25 acre campus provides Vastex the ability to double the size of its building, which is designed with a "break-out wall" for that purpose.
Now in its third generation, Vastex was founded in 1960 by Mike and Fannie Vasilantone. The company's patented innovations include the dual rotary printing press (where the pallets and print heads both rotate), the four-way stretch hold down for printing jackets and dual layer fabrics, and the air recirculation system for dryers. Other inventions include the first small product electric infrared dryer, a patented belt alignment/tracking device, and a small mechanical squeegee.
From its beginnings in the family garage to its current location in Allentown, PA, Vastex has grown into a multi-million dollar enterprise that manufactures manual screen printing presses, infrared conveyor dryers, flash cure units and a complete line of pre-press and utility equipment purchased by screen printers in 50 countries.
“The investment in our expandable facility will strengthen our ability to meet the fast-growing worldwide demand for Vastex precision screen printing equipment,” Vasilantone says.
For information contact Vastex International, Inc., 800-482-7839, www.vastex.com
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