Bringing green manufacturing jobs

Wolfington is bringing his deep ties to Pennsylvania and experience in real estate development to the facility. With an investment of more than $20 million, NEXUS-1 will create more than 180 new, skilled green manufacturing jobs to the city of Hazleton. Once fully operational, the plant will be able to produce more than 8 million square feet of building panels every year, serving projects in Northeast U.S. markets, including New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Current open positions can be found at


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Hazleton Team

Dan Metzler


While Dan’s focus and expertise has always been in the medical field, he took a liking to the construction industry. In 2012, Dan and his partner Frank created Southern Shore Development, specializing in custom home building and land acquisition. To date, Southern Shore has completed 10 custom homes for a variety of customers primarily in the South Jersey Region.

Most recently, in 2020, Dan and his partner John Wolfington formed Nexus-1 which will manufacture all green building materials for the construction industry. In December they bought their first factory in Hazleton, which will employ over 200 people in PA and are slated to break ground on five more in the next five years. Dan’s business success is built on his core values focusing on simple premise of accountability, customer service that raises the bar and a creating a solution for the increasing costs of manufacturing and business enterprise. His proud alum of Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia Textile) where he received a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Finance.

John Wolfington


John Wolfington, President of Wolfington Companies began his career working for his father in the automotive and transportation industry. With a lineage in the auto industry, as deep as being a member of the family that sells those yellow school buses you see everywhere, John leased commercial and personal vehicles for the family before eventually pursuing his passion in real estate development. He went to work for commercial real estate developer O’Neill Properties, leasing and selling commercial real estate. In 2000, he started his own company developing office, industrial, retail, and residential buildings. He has built both new construction and renovated and repurposed old buildings. His expertise has been redeveloping old buildings and sites and repurposing them into higher and better use developments, with his projects ranging from $2M to $125M in size.

Since that time, he has developed over 5 million sq.ft of buildings and land. John has extensive experience with local, state, and federal government agencies and has raised millions of dollars of public funding for projects. John has also sponsored the acquisition, leasing, and development of resort projects in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Andy Rice

Plant Director

Andy has experience developing, implementing, and managing Safety & Environmental programs in various manufacturing industries including Foundry/Machine Shops, Food & Beverage Manufacturing, Heavy Automotive Assembly & Building Materials. He is a lifelong learner who constantly seeks out challenges and creative ways to implement protocols that seamlessly integrate cross-functionally. He brings his core values into the workplace and leads the team with a positive and meaningful attitude.


Andy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety & Environmental Health from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and holds a GSP certification through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.


He enjoys being outdoors in all seasons, from snowboarding in the winter to disc golfing in the summer at park or lake!  When he is not at work, he can often be found working on home construction projects. He has lived in Ohio and New Hampshire, but returned to his hometown outside of Allentown, PA where he lives with his dog Winnie!

Scott Morris

Plant Director

Scott has over 20 years manufacturing operations leadership experience in industries such as building products, construction equipment, precision machining, and 3PL logistics. Most recently Scott was Business Unit Director for M-B Companies and Plant Manager for Henry Company. Throughout his career he has been an avid student and practitioner of World Class Manufacturing techniques such as Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Statistical Process Control and PFMEA. Scott also prides himself on his ability to build and lead strong, cohesive teams.

Upon completing his education at North Adams State college Scott went on to join and serve in the United States Navy. He graduated Naval Aircrew Candidate School in Pensacola Florida at the top of his class and earned his wings as well has other commendations for academic excellence and leadership. After completion of his training, Scott was deployed to the Persian Gulf and flew multiple combat missions in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Currently, Scott and his wife Jennifer reside in Lewisburg PA with their 5 children. Both he and his family are highly active in their church and are dedicated to community service.

Chad Stauffer

Chad Stauffer

Sr. Project Manager

Chad brings to Nexii/Nexus-1 over 20 years of building and construction experience.  He has worked his way through the construction ranks.  Most recently, Chad was the Director of Construction and Maintenance for a Housing Authority managing 30 buildings with over 500 units. Chad’s knowledge of building products, attention-to-detail, and his willingness to learn is great benefit to the Nexii team.  He believes in leading from the front and enjoys building strong relationships with his customers and co-workers.


Chad has an Associate Degree from University of Phoenix, a bachelor’s degree from Liberty University concentrating in Project Management. Chad is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he served 2 combat deployments in Iraq.


Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, an active lifestyle, being outdoors, fishing, hunting, and riding motorcycle.

Sarah Wech

Marketing Manager

Sarah brings 4 years of communication and marketing experience to Nexii/Nexus 1. She previously worked with the number one trusted government IT solutions provider enabling an extensive ecosystem of manufacturers, resellers, integrators, and consulting partners committed to helping government agencies select and implement the best solution at the best value. As a Marketing Manager Sarah believes in striving for the best and most up to date marketing strategies, increasing brand awareness, and generating high quality leads. She believes in paving a path for all future young leaders and enjoys being a team player for her colleagues. Sarah brings Nexii/Nexus 1 vast community involvement and volunteer opportunities.


Sarah studied at Bloomsburg University and received a degree in Communication Studies from the college of liberal arts, on a public advocacy and leadership track, and received a minor in emergent media. While at Bloomsburg she displayed immense leadership within the school and acted as president within her Greek life organization. She is continuing her marketing education and is on the path to complete her Masters of Science in Integrated Marketing and Communications from West Virginia University.


In her free time, Sarah enjoys a dynamic lifestyle, traveling, and enjoying time with friends and family. All while being surrounded by her family pets!

Kimberly Curreli


Kim has over thirty years of progressively responsible experience setting up companies that are starting operations and meeting the ongoing financial management needs for manufacturing sites. Self-directed with an outstanding work ethic, Kim is motivated by challenge and functions effectively both individually and as a team member. She is a resourceful problem solver who offers sound strategic thinking and decision-making skills. Articulate and personable, she interacts easily with individuals from diverse backgrounds and disciplines.

Kim holds both a Bachelor of Professional Accountancy and Associate in Business Management from Pennsylvania State University. Kim also has a Pennsylvania Notary License.

Currently, Kim and her husband Mario reside in Brandonville, PA, with their three pugs and Maine coon cat. Mario and Kim are active in their church, volunteering to raise funds for numerous charitable organizations through the Pride Motorcycle Club. They also enjoy traveling.

Josh Turner

Sr. Manager Business Development

Josh brings to Nexii/Nexus-1 over 20 years of building and construction experience.  He has worked his way through the construction ranks.  Most recently, Josh was a project manager for a regional construction firm and specialized in high-end custom homes and commercial projects.  Josh’s knowledge of building products, attention-to-detail, and his willingness to learn will be a great benefit to the Nexii team.  He believes in leading from the front and enjoys building strong relationships with his customers and co-workers.


Josh has studied at Bloomsburg University and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he served 2 combat deployments in Iraq.


Outside of work, he enjoys an active lifestyle, being outdoors, fishing, playing golf, and spending time with his family.

Joel Smith

Client Experience Manager

Joel brings 2 years of construction industry experience to Nexii/Nexus 1. He brings a positive attitude and great work ethic to the Client Experience team.


Joel is a recent graduate of The Pennsylvania State University. Throughout his time in college, he worked part-time as an industrial grout and concrete laborer on natural gas compressor facilities throughout the United States. Joel graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Business Management with a minor in Entrepreneurship and a focus in International Business. Upon graduation Joel joined Nexii/Nexus 1 in the Client Experience department. He enjoys connecting and forming new relationships with people as well as helping others wherever is needed.


Outside of work, he enjoys spending time doing various outdoor activities including golfing with friends, hiking, fishing, and various watersports activities.

Andrew Knipfer

People, Culture, & Community Director

Andrew Knipfer is a People, Culture, and Community Director with over two decades of successful experience in training and developing employees as well as employee management.  Andrew specializes in understanding the intricacies of employment law and employee relations.

A strong believe in the power of developing and enriching the workforce, Andrew strives to provide opportunities for employees to continue to grow and become the best they can.