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Manufacturer plans $45M innovation center in Carlisle

Building products manufacturer Carlisle Companies is planning a $45 million expansion of its research and innovation hub in Carlisle.

The project will entail construction of a 42,000 square-foot building alongside the company’s existing R&D center, which is at 1557 Ritner Highway, according to Carlisle Companies spokesperson Mehul Patel.

The site is near the headquarters and other operations of Carlisle Companies subsidiary Carlisle Construction Materials. The unit, which had revenue last year of nearly $3.3 billion, makes roofing and insulation products for commercial construction.

Patel told biznewsPA that the new center will include about 30,000 square feet of lab space and 12,000 square feet of office space.

The company currently employs about 50 to 60 people in its Carlisle R&D hub and plans to nearly double that, Patel said, noting that the company will be looking for scientists, engineers and other technicians.

The project timeline calls for about four to five months of planning, permitting and engineering work, followed by construction, which should take no more than 24 months, Patel said.

Why is this happening: Under a strategic initiative called Vision 2030, the company aims to accelerate development of new products.

Those products will address three needs in the marketplace, Patel said: products that are more energy efficient, that incorporate sustainable materials and that require less labor to install. The latter addresses a shortage of roofing contractors, Patel said.

The existing R&D center focuses on incremental improvements to existing products, Patel said. The new center will focus on what he described as “true innovation.”

The background: Carlisle Companies spent $28.7 million on R&D in 2023, up from $19 million in 2022, according to securities filings.

Carlisle Companies' existing R&D center in Carlisle (photo/submitted).

Building products manufacturer Carlisle Companies is planning a $45 million expansion of its research and innovation hub in Carlisle.

The project will entail construction of a 42,000 square-foot building alongside the company’s existing R&D center, which is at 1557 Ritner Highway, according to Carlisle Companies spokesperson Mehul Patel.

The site is near the headquarters and other operations of Carlisle Companies subsidiary Carlisle Construction Materials. The unit, which had revenue last year of nearly $3.3 billion, makes roofing and insulation products for commercial construction.

Patel told biznewsPA that the new center will include about 30,000 square feet of lab space and 12,000 square feet of office space.

The company currently employs about 50 to 60 people in its Carlisle R&D hub and plans to nearly double that, Patel said, noting that the company will be looking for scientists, engineers and other technicians.

The project timeline calls for about four to five months of planning, permitting and engineering work, followed by construction, which should take no more than 24 months, Patel said.

Why is this happening: Under a strategic initiative called Vision 2030, the company aims to accelerate development of new products.

Those products will address three needs in the marketplace, Patel said: products that are more energy efficient, that incorporate sustainable materials and that require less labor to install. The latter addresses a shortage of roofing contractors, Patel said.

The existing R&D center focuses on incremental improvements to existing products, Patel said. The new center will focus on what he described as “true innovation.”

The background: Carlisle Companies spent $28.7 million on R&D in 2023, up from $19 million in 2022, according to securities filings.

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