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National Cart Co. Expands with Opening of Hanover Township Facility


Hanover Twp., Luzerne County, PA - Rob Unnerstall, President and CEO of National Cart, Wednesday said his company’s expansion into Northeastern Pennsylvania will provide additional manufacturing and distribution space to better serve east coast customers.


Officials of National Cart Co. hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday at the company’s new facility in Hanover Township. President/CEO Rob Unnerstall, was on hand, along with his son-in-law Paul Deutsch and East Plant Manager Lew Hann. Sam Guesto, Hanover Township Manager, and John Augustine, President/CEO of Penn’s Northeast, and Wilkes-Barre City Mayor George Brown also attended. - Bill O’Boyle | Times Leader



National Cart, a family-owned business started by Unnerstall’s father in 1979, is a leader in the manufacturing of material handling products headquartered near St. Louis, held a news conference/tour/ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new facility at 32 Earth Conservancy Drive, near the Hanover Industrial Park.

“This expansion makes logistical sense and demonstrates our commitment to our customers and the investment to grow our business,” Unnerstall said. “Our three strategically placed locations will give National Cart a better opportunity to help our customers grow their business.”


This is the third U.S. location for National Cart — the other sites in Reno, NV that opened in 2000, and the corporate office in St. Charles, MO.


Unnerstall, 55, said the combined locations bring the company’s total manufacturing and distribution space to more than 460,000 square feet.


The Hanover Township building has about 42,000 square feet. Unnerstall said he is looking for a larger space of about 60,000 to 75,000 square feet for a permanent location to move to when the current two-year lease runs out.


Penn’s Northeast President/CEO John Augustine said his agency worked with several regional partners to help bring National Cart to the region.

“We are always happy to work together to bring quality companies to the area,” Augustine said. “We welcome National Cart to Northeastern Pennsylvania.”


“Don’t look too far,” said Sam Guesto, Hanover Township manager. “We have a lot of available space here in Hanover Township.”


Unnerstall also noted that his company has been fortunate to expand during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic - he said business has increased by 35 percent. He said many of his company’s clients utilize the products he manufactures.


“First of all, there was not a pandemic when we made the decision to locate here, ”Unnerstall said. “That being said, we are fortunate that we serve the e-commerce industry - a lot of grocery chains and other clients that utilize online shopping with customer pick-up. We provide the carts to support that process.”


There are six full-time employees and six part-time employees at the Hanover Township facility, with plans to grow that to 20 to 25 employees.

Unnerstall said the jobs include manufacturing assemblers, machine operators and welders and are being advertised online. He said most positions start at $16 per hour - welders get about $20 per hour.


Jobs with the company can be searched on their website.


National Cart’s Paul Deutsch, Unnerstall’s son-in-law, will lead the team at the new location.


Unnerstall stated, “I am pleased to have Paul lead the initiative to grow the business and the team in the eastern region. I have total confidence in him and our expansion’s future success.”


Lew Hann is the East Plant manager, Unnerstall said.


Guesto said Hanover Township is very pleased to have National Cart Co., a family-owned business, locate in the community.


“With their operations combining design, manufacturing, and distribution I am confident the skilled labor they’ll require will produce quality jobs for our area,” Guesto said.


State Sen. John Yudichak, I-Swoyersville, was unable to attend the ceremony, but he issued a statement welcoming National Cart.

“It is great to see more manufacturing jobs come to Northeast Pennsylvania, especially as we are trying to rebuild our economy that has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic” Yudichak said. “National Cart Company designs, manufactures, and distributes products to a variety of companies, many of which are located across northeastern Pennsylvania. These jobs are essential in keeping the grocery and food service industry, the fulfillment and warehouse industry, and the home center and retail industry in business.”

By Bill O'Boyle -

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