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June 5, 2014

Hill Neighborhood Council, firm move into new quarters in Sunbury

SUNBURY — A satellite office of a Scranton-based business and the headquarters of the Sunbury Hill Neighborhood Council have moved into a vacant building at North 12th and Line streets.

The two-story former office building, which is owned by Sunbury Community Hospital and rented by Sunbury Revitalization Inc., was opened Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The Simplex Modular Homes satellite office is on the second floor, and four people will be employed there.

Owned by the Ficchione family, Simplex was founded in 1971 as a modular home business. The company has two plants in Scranton and builds high-end modular homes, dormitories and apartment complexes.

The Hill Neighborhood headquarters is rent free and on the first floor and will be a space for committee meetings, events and storage.

Jessica Ackley, Hill Neighborhood Council vice president, said it also will be the home of the Team Business Innovation Zone, or T-BIZ, a student organization that is designed to advise the younger generation to volunteer, learn about business operations and open a functioning business in the downtown.

T-BIZ is sponsored by the Hill Neighborhood Council and the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce.

“We’re happy to have the opportunity to bring businesses into town,” said Natalie Wertman, Hill council president.

Dave Mertz, vice president of sales for Simplex, said he’s proud to be a part of an initiative that “breaths life” into the city.

The building was chosen because Simplex understands the need to revitalize empty buildings, he said.

While the inside is renovated, SRI plans to fix up the outside with a fresh paint job and a rain garden, Wertman said.

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