A world-leading distributor and supplier of food-service equipment and supplies has plans to relocate to Whitehall.

A world-leading distributor and supplier of food-service equipment and supplies has plans to relocate to Whitehall.

The Wasserstrom Co., founded in 1902, will relocate from its Brewery District building at 477 S. Front St. to a 50,000-square-foot building at 4500 E. Broad St., currently occupied by Apprisen Financial Services.

The financial-services company will move out as part of the building's sale, said Whitehall Development Director Zach Woodruff.

Woodruff announced the relocation Aug. 31, the day after Whitehall City Council met in a special session to approve an income-tax incentive to Wasserstrom that sealed the move.

Woodruff said he has been negotiating with Wasserstrom for almost a year.

"We couldn't be more excited to welcome a company like Wasserstrom to Whitehall," Woodruff said.

Wasserstrom will move 225 employees to the East Broad Street location and include sales, support, human resources, finance, Internet technology and purchasing.

The move is expected to be complete next summer, Woodruff said.

The company's new headquarters will be across the street from the Commons at Royal Landing, a troubled apartment complex the city purchased this year for the purpose of redevelopment.

The city is "exploring development options" for the 17-acre site at the southwest corner of East Broad Street and South Hamilton Road, and hopes to announce a developer and a site plan for it in October, Woodruff said.

Wasserstrom President Brad Wasserstrom credited Whitehall's "aggressive economic-development leaders" and his own investigation of growth and change in Whitehall as motivation for the company's decision to relocate.

"Once we learned about the momentum in Whitehall, our desire was to be part of the excitement. We are thrilled to be part of the evolution," Wasserstrom said in a press release.

Wasserstrom said the company has been growing above the industry's average and looks forward to continuing that growth at its new headquarters in Whitehall.

The Wasserstrom Co. has more than 1,800 associates worldwide at its 29 locations in 17 cities.

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