A growing industrial company is relocating its world headquarters from Lumberton to a vacated building in Willingboro and has plans to eventually add up to 300 jobs.
Radwell International, which repairs and sells new and used manufacturing machinery, announced Tuesday it has begun moving into an empty 311,000-square-foot building at 1 Millenium Drive.
Company President Brian Radwell said the building ultimately will house 1,000 employees, including more than 700 from two Lumberton locations it has outgrown.
The new site near the intersection of Route 130 and Van Sciver Parkway was vacated by the mail-order prescription pharmacy Express Scripts in 2015. The Radwell move is expected to be completed by August.
"All New Jersey operations will be consolidated into this Willingboro facility, bringing back the sense of community and family atmosphere that Radwell continually strives for," Radwell said of the company started by his father, the late Jerry Radwell of Medford.
"At full capacity, Radwell Industries expects to employ 1,000 people."
The New Jersey-based global leader in industrial supply surplus, new product and repair has U.S. facilities in Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina and Texas as well as international locations in Canada, England and Germany.
The company's customers are in the aerospace and defense, automotive, chemicals, cosmetics, and food and beverage industries.
"We are consistently growing and creating new opportunities and growth," Radwell said. "We have grown since our start in 1979 from just a few people to approximately 1,000 dedicated and industry-best people."
He said Radwell prides itself on its family atmosphere, clean and safe work environment, financially rewarding careers and partnerships with the communities where it is located.
There will be jobs available for engineers, technicians, inventory and sales personnel and other positions.
Radwell said the facility will house more than 200 state-of-the-art electronic repair stations, a full metal working shop, a servo motor repair center, a calibration lab, and sales, accounting, management and purchasing departments.
One of the operation's new features will be a robotic automated inventory management system and a robotic shipping and order processing center with an automated conveyor system 2-miles long. The company repairs drives, motors, controllers, robotics, sensors and other manufacturing equipment.
The two Lumberton locations on the Mount Holly Bypass started with 100 employees 10 years ago. Previously the company outgrew a Moorestown location.
Radwell marketing manager Andrew Horner said the company has an inventory exceeding $1 billion and offers an industry-leading warranty on repairs and surplus items.
"Other companies offer industrial repairs or new, used and surplus equipment, but we are probably the only company that offers all four of these on the scale that we do," he said.
To enhance the family atmosphere at work, the employees will have both a cafeteria and a restaurant, a health and wellness center, a free gym, free arcade games, a pool table, ping pong, shuffleboard and corn-hole boards.
Radwell said the cafeteria will be an employee’s “home away from the Jersey Shore,” with picnic tables and benches, swinging hammocks, rocking chairs, AstroTurf, tropical fish and arcade and recreational games.
The cafeteria will offer healthy eating options and hot meals at "very friendly prices," Radwell said.
"Radwell International is very grateful for the people that have played a vital role in reaching and surpassing the company’s goals," the president said. "The company offers many thanks to the town of Lumberton, its tremendous people, the town council and the fire, police and municipal departments for its years of support."
He said the company looks forward to continuing support for future endeavors in Lumberton and also is eager to establish an upstanding reputation in Willingboro and a relationship with its town council as well as bringing revenue and job opportunities to the community.
The company has long supported community outreach financially and through its volunteer organization, Radwell Operation Caring and Kindness, he added.