Multi-million dollar World Kitchen remodel to start

By Jim Hook

Date:   02/12/2013 05:45:17 PM EST

GREENCASTLE — Work starts Wednesday on a $16 million to $18 million project to update the World Kitchen distribution warehouse, one of the earliest in Franklin County.

“We’re pulling it out of the 1960s and bringing it into another century,” said Gregg Thompson, director of marketing for Brechbill & Helman Construction Co., Chambersburg.

Brechbill & Helman is the construction manager for property owner Matrix Development of Cranbury, N.J. The construction job will bring people back to work at Brechbill & Helman, according to Thompson.

Matrix and World Kitchen recently renewed a contract for the 1 million square foot building at 1200 South Antrim Way. Antrim Township and the Greencastle Antrim School District agreed to local incentives that will save the landlord upwards of $1 million in real estate taxes over the next 10 years. Matrix sought the incentives to offer the kitchenware company better leasing terms.

The design plan and the property allow the warehouse to be expanded by 250,000 square feet in the future.

Thompson listed improvements for the county’s third largest distribution warehouse:

— The roof will be replaced at a cost of about $5 million.

— The building’s metal shell will be removed and replaced with precast concrete panels on the south and west and with prefinished insulated metal panels on the other two sides.

— The existing office on the outside of the building will be demolished, and a two-story, 20,000 square foot office will be builtinside the warehouse.

— The shipping office will be replaced.

— The heating and ventilation system will be replaced.

— Energy efficient fluorescent (T5) lighting will be installed.

— A stormwater management system will be installed on the property, which will be landscaped.

— The parking lot will have lighting improved.

Matrix previously said trailer parking will increase by more than 150 stalls.

Brechbill & Helman crews will start by demolishing the sprinkler system inside and installing an early suppression fast response system.

“We’re going to be on site for 16 to 18 hours out of 24,” Thompson said. “They are occupying the building the entire time we are there, which is really a challenge. It’s a huge undertaking that they are still there working. It’s a huge coordination issue between World Kitchen and Brechbill & Helman.” The civil engineer is Snyder Secary and Associates of Harrisburg. The architectural firm is KSS Architects of Princeton, NJ.

“We have been working with Matrix for six months in the design, and the drawings are not complete,” Thompson said. “This is a fast track project and as we are completing the drawing, we are pricing them.”

When Matrix sought incentives through the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act, the project was estimated to cost more than $10 million.

The project is projected to save 350 jobs. World Kitchen in Greencastle currently has posted two jobs — distribution manager and information system developer.

Based in Rosemont, Ill., World Kitchen has a portfolio that includes the brands of CorningWare, Pyrex, CORELLE, Snapware, Revere, EKCO, Baker’s Secret, Magnalite, Chicago Cutlery, and OLFA.


Jim Hook can be reached at 717-262-4759 and