The facility will be located at 1565 Spillman Dr. within SauconTract, the first phase of Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII. LVIPVII is the largest brownfield project in the US. It's a completeredevelopment of property that once housed Bethlehem Steel. LVIP Ithrough V are completely built out, and VII is expected to be fullybuilt out by 2015.

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Synchronoss, which is headquartered in Bridgewater, NJ,currently operates a research and development center at 1525 ValleyCenter Pkwy. in Bethlehem. A source close to the deal tellsGlobeSt.com that Synchronoss will close the site at 1525 ValleyCenter and consolidate its workforce at the new Spillman Drivefacility. The company is also undergoing an expansion andanticipates increasing its workforce from just over 400 employeesto more than 650 over the next few years.

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According to a spokesperson for Petrucci, Synchronoss consideredsites in Kansas, Florida and Texas before deciding to remain inBethlehem. The company was provided with a number of incentives toremain, including a $325,000 opportunity grant, $195,000 in jobcreation tax credits and $45,500 in WEDnet training. The packagewas assembled by the Governor's Action Team, which helps companieswho are moving or expanding find sites in Pennsylvania that areappropriate for their needs.

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J.G. Petrucci, which is based in Asbury, NJ, has a solid historyof development in LVIP. In LVIP VI, the company built a newheadquarters building for Strahman Valves as well as two medicaloffice buildings and a 91,000-sf build to suit for Flexicon.Petrucci also was responsible for the Courtyard at Marriott Hotelon the site, and the company recently completed an 80,000-sfheadquarters building for Receivable Management Services, locatedonly two lots away from the future site of the Synchronossbuilding.

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Petrucci's spokesperson attributes the area's popularity to itslarge pool of skilled labor and its easy access to major roadways,including the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-78, which leads right tothe port of Newark. LVIP VII is immediately adjacent to I-78. Thestate and local authorities have also been active in assembling andoffering competitive incentive packages for companies who expressan interest in relocating or remaining in the Lehigh Valley, andthe area has historically been a more cost-efficient alternative tomany of its neighbors.

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