Knoll Inc. Plans MontCo Growth, State Officials Announce

Three chairs (at top) by designers for Knoll over the years, all of which are now in museum collections

EAST GREENVILLE PA – Knoll Inc., the internationally known furniture and textiles design and manufacturing firm headquartered in East Greenville, looks to expand its footprint in Montgomery County during 2021 with the help of more than $783,000 in Pennsylvania funding assistance and a multi-million investment of its own, Gov. Tom Wolf and 24th District state Sen. Bob Mensch announced Wednesday (Jan. 20, 2021).

Mensch said Knoll is working through what was described as a “three-step relocation approach” to consolidate and then grow its operations within the county. The senator referenced the company’s plans to:

  • Move its textile team from East Greenville to a new facility in Quakertown (Bucks County); then
  • Relocate a manufacturing line from its Michigan plant to East Greenville, and also
  • Relocate operations now in Allentown (Lehigh County) closer to East Greenville, and then expand them as well.

Together, Mensch said, the operational changes are expected to generate at least 138 new jobs in the commonwealth.

The state is supporting these efforts, according to the governor, with a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $425,000 Pennsylvania First grant; $276,000 in job creation tax credits to be distributed when new job openings are filled; and $82,800 in funding for job training.

For its part Knoll, founded in New York City in 1938 by Hans Knoll, said it expected to spend $6.8 million on the projects, and in addition to creating new jobs will retain an another 920 jobs during the next three years.

Mensch is a member of the Senate’s Labor and Industry Committee, and co-chairs its bipartisan Economy, Business and Jobs Caucus. He declared himself “extremely pleased” Knoll “decided to continue its relocation” into the county.

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This story was re-published Jan. 22 by Montco Today