By: Colleen Seidel
The Record Herald Feb. 12, 2013
GREENCASTLE — Gate 7 Ltd., a company based in the United Kingdom, has purchased 1.8 acres in the Antrim Commons Business Park to build a new 12,000-square-foot facility. This is the third announcement of new business to be developed at Antrim Commons Business Park since August 2012. Gate 7 The U.S. headquarters of the international company, which supplies construction, industrial and agricultural industry companies with decals and print supplies, is currently in a leased facility on Pine Drive, said John Reay, vice president with Gate 7 in Greencastle.
Construction will begin immediately and work is being done by Lehman Construction of Chambersburg. Reay expects the facility to be operational by the end of July. The new facility will add five more positions to the 14 the company currently employs, Reay added. The company supplies Manitowoc Cranes and Volvo with print decals, among other companies worldwide. ‘Long-term presence’ “We had an extreme amount of help from the Franklin County Area Development Corp. and Mike Ross,” Reay said. Ross, executive director of FCADC, said the deal will “ensure the long-term presence of Gate 7 in the area, which is a great international presence. “And it’s the first manufacturing facility to be built in Antrim Commons Business Park, which will hopefully help facilitate additional development for the site,” he added. Gate 7 will be able to take advantage of the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance program that Antrim Township supervisors and the Greencastle-Antrim School District board of directors approved in August. The program offers a 10-year schedule of tax abatements on the cost of property improvements or new property construction in designated LERTA zones. Both the township supervisors and the school board designated Antrim Commons Business Park as a LERTA zone.
“The township has been fantastic to work with,” Reay said. Other projects Plans for a Sheetz gas station at Exit 3 off of Interstate 81 have been developed since last summer, and a lease agreement between Atapco Properties Inc. and the Pittsburgh-based Armada Supply Chain Solutions was announced in December.
The Antrim Commons Business Park, located west of U.S. 11 in Antrim Township off of Commerce Avenue, is a 4-million-square-foot industrial park owned by Atapco Properties Inc. of Baltimore. It is expected to accommodate as many as 2,000 new jobs when fully developed, offering office, retail and light commercial uses in addition to industrial ones. Armada Supply Chain Solutions recently began construction on its 400,000-square-foot facility located at the site. The Pittsburgh-based company, which provides supply chain management for the food service and restaurant industries, is relocating and expanding its facility from its current location in Chambersburg.