The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) recently announced the relocation of its corporate headquarters from Hackettstown, New Jersey to 1 West Broad Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
“Why Bethlehem? It’s an emerging “creative class” city with a rich history, world-class colleges, and universities, a diverse population, the amazing Hotel Bethlehem to house out-of-town guests, and access to major transportation hubs,” said Bill Darcy, NKBA CEO and Moravian University alum.
“We look forward to joining and contributing to the dynamic Bethlehem community while providing an exceptional work environment for our employees. Our global reach connects some of the largest kitchen and bath manufacturers, retailers and design professionals around the world and we are anxious to introduce them to the beauty and unique culture embedded in the Lehigh Valley.”
The move was prompted by a need to reconsider what the ideal ‘work environment’ comprises, according to the association. The adoption of hybrid workplace policies and need for flexibility and technical acuity, combined with the desire to connect with makers, artists technologists and other creative contributors in the home made Bethlehem a logical candidate.
“We needed to change how and where we operate to fit the work and technology paradigm,” continued Darcy. “The new, dynamic space will do just that. 1 W. Broad Street was chosen after an extensive search. Multiple locations of varying sizes and types were considered in various locations across the Lehigh Valley. “
“Carry the Keys” – NKBA Bike Ride to Bethlehem
With the rise in wellness throughout the post-pandemic world, especially among design and construction professionals, the NKBA has factored a number of wellness components into the design of the new headquarters. This is further being carried by the association’s ‘Carry the Keys’ cycling initiative.
Led by Bill Darcy, NKBA CEO, several NKBA staffers and association members, including 2022 Chairman of the Board Basil Larkin, 2014 Past President John Petrie and NKBA & CEDIA member Ryan Herd, are joining in a bicycle trek from Hackettstown NJ to Bethlehem on November 8, 2022. During the trip, they will carry the keys from the former HQ to the new, reinforcing their commitment to health, wellness and good living – all part of the NKBA vision.
A ribbon cutting and tours of the new HQ will take place from 5pm – 8pm on November 8. Local dignitaries and media are invited to participate. To book a time for an interview or tour please contact email@example.com.