Solar Manufacturing breaks ground on new Sellersville Facility


Solar Manufacturing, Inc. began a new chapter in its history recently with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new manufacturing facility at the Sellersville Business Campus in Sellersville, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  Due to substantial growth in recent years, Solar Manufacturing expanded into two separate manufacturing facilities located a few miles apart.  The new property will allow the 15-year-old company to combine its nearly 50 employees under one roof for more efficient production and triple its current space. 

Gorski Engineering of Collegeville, Pennsylvania, will be the general contractor.  The nearly 60,000 square-foot building will be built on 8.55 acres and is expected to be completed in early 2019.  The new building will contain a two-story office space of nearly 20,000 square feet and 40,000 square feet of crane-served, manufacturing space. 

Bill Jones, CEO, said of this $8 million project, “Solar Manufacturing has been very fortunate to experience steady growth over the past 15 years.  We needed more manufacturing space to expand and grow our business.  Bucks County and Sellersville Borough have been very supportive and welcoming.  It is an ideal location for us.”

Sellersville Business Campus consists of 44 acres located in the heart of Sellersville Borough.  It is the former site of Ametek/US Gauge.  Founded in 1904, US Gauge is one of the world’s leading suppliers of high quality pressure gauges, temperature gauges and other products.  The Gauge, as it was known locally, employed about 1,700 employees in its prime.  Bucks County purchased the land from Ametek with financing provided from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The brownfield redevelopment project is the first of its kind in the county offered by the Bucks County Industrial Development Authority.  State, County and Borough agencies worked together to offer this prime real estate for industrial development.

Solar Manufacturing is a member of the Solar Atmospheres Family of Companies.  Solar Atmospheres is a commercial heat-treater with headquarters in Souderton, Pennsylvania, and has four U.S. facilities with over 60 vacuum furnaces in operation.  The close affiliation between the companies affords Solar Manufacturing with an unparalleled testing ground for improving furnace design, operation, maintenance and repair.  Together, they offer unmatched expertise to advance the art and science of vacuum furnace technology.