Large employer considers locating in Pa. industrial park

Posted: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 6:22 pm | Updated: 6:31 pm, Tue Feb 3, 2015.

Feb 3, 2015 by Jennifer Fitch

ZULLINGER, Pa. — Another large employer is eyeing Wharf Road Industrial Park as a place to build a plant, according to a leading Franklin County developmentofficial.

If the business chooses to develop Lot One and bring more than 100 employees to the industrial park in Washington Township, Pa., it would join Pacemaker Press PP&S Inc. and Fil-Tec Inc. as new tenants.

“We’re working with someone, but there have not been any commitments made,” Franklin County Area Development Corp. President L. Michael Ross said Tuesday.

He declined to identify the company.

Ross said his office is working to put together a financial package with low-interest loans and grants to offer the business.

He said one partner could be Pennsylvania’s Governor’s Action Team.

The Waynesboro (Pa.) Industrial Development Corp. is also asking the Waynesboro Area School District to extend tax incentives through a Local Economic Revitalization Tax Abatement, or LERTA, program.

LERTA designations allow eligible property owners to receive tax savings for 10 years after making improvements to a property.

Lot One, which is adjacent to CAM Superline Inc., would be a good fit for LERTA incentives because of challenges associated with doing construction on that land, Ross said.

He pointed to the significant site work that would be required due to the slope.

“To create a lot that is buildable will take a lot of work,” Ross said.

Meanwhile, another company also appears to be considering making Wharf Road Industrial Park its home. The Washington Township Planning Commission is scheduled to review an expansion of an existing building off Zane A. Miller Drive.

The 12-lot Wharf Road Industrial Park comprises 121 acres of the former Bromley orchard. In 1999, former state Sen. Terry Punt, R-Franklin/Adams/York, secured a $900,000 grant that financed the industrial park’s infrastructure.

Construction is under way for both Fil-Tec and Pacemaker Press PP&S.

Fil-Tec makes fiber-related products such as dental floss, while Pacemaker Press PP&S is a commercial web-printing company.

Together, they have the potential to bring nearly 100 jobs to the community in the next three years, according to published reports.

Ross envisions Wharf Road Industrial Park as a place where 300 to 400 people soon will be working each day. He said that the employment levels might spur the opening of a new restaurant or small businesses nearby