JLG shutters Ohio plant; jobs due in Pennsylvania

Jim Hook , jhook@publicopinionnews.comPublished 4:44 p.m. ET Feb. 1, 2017 Updated 19 hours ago

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – JLG Industries is closing its factory in Orrville, Ohio, and moving all North American telehandler manufacturing to its plants in Pennsylvania.

The company on Jan. 26 announced the closing along with changes to its European operations. The changes may affect up to 525 employees, 279 of them at Orrville.

“We are trying to determine what the impact will be,” said L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corporation. “We’re hoping to offer what assistance is needed for recruitment and training, which we think they will need.”

The work coming to Pennsylvania would be spread among JLG plants in McConnellsburg, Shippensburg and Greencastle, Ross said. He is unsure of the impact on the Bedford plant.

JLG will continue to offer the same telehandler products in North America. Telehandlers are designed to lift materials with telescopic booms, pallet forks or buckets.

Engineering services in Orrville will continue normal operations. Manufacturing in Orrville is to end by Sept. 30.

After evaluating its global manufacturing footprint and product offerings, JLG also decided to close its manufacturing and pre-delivery inspection facilities in Maasmechelen, Belgium and its engineering center in Bruntingthorpe, United Kingdom.

“These actions, although difficult, are the right ones for our business,” said Nerenhausen. “Simplifying our product portfolio and operations aligns with our long term vision and strategic direction, positioning JLG to deliver an enhanced customer experience and improved return on investment moving forward. These planned actions allow us to improve performance to maintain our position as an access equipment leader around the globe.”

Ross said, “It gives them an opportunity to reduce costs through operational efficiencies. That has a ripple effect through the supply chain.”

JLG, an Oshkosh company, is one of the area’s largest manufacturers. Smaller shops supply parts to JLG factories.

“This is one of the deals where we have a great empathy for the community of Orrville,” Ross said. “In this case we welcome these decisions and the positive impact it will have here.”

It’s the second time in six months that a major manufacturer of construction equipment announced closings elsewhere and consolidation to Franklin County. Manitowoc Cranes announced in August that it was moving its crawler crane production from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, to the local plant at Shady Grove.

“In both cases we’re fortunate to be the beneficiaries of the change,” Ross said.

The JLG plant on Walnut Bottom Road, Shippensburg, employs about 450 workers.

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Therapy center finds a place in Franklin County

Jim Hook , jhook@publicopinionnews.com Published 9:25 a.m. ET Jan. 26, 2017

CHAMBERSBURG – A nonprofit therapy center based in York County has found a place to build a center for children with special needs in Franklin County.

Leg Up Farm has been working with the local community for more than 3 years.

If plans come together smoothly, the farm could open within the next 18 months, said Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp. A team is being assembled to prepare the plans.

“Things are starting to crystallize at this point,” Ross said. “I’m more optimistic than I’ve ever been that this project is going to come to fruition.”

Leg Up Farm has an agreement for more than 15 acres in Guilford Township, but the parties have not yet settled, Ross said. He declined to identify the location.

Leg Up Farm provides comprehensive therapies under one roof in Mount Wolf for young people up to 21 years old. The operation employs 50 to 60 people, according to Ross.

The Franklin County farm likely would employ 25 to 40 people, most in health care and education positions, Ross said.

Developers plan to apply for the same competitive funds that have gone to recent construction projects by Women in Need and Summit Health, according to Ross.

“One advantage is that Leg Up has an established record,” Ross said. “We clearly think it doesn’t hurt that the governor is familiar with the operation.”

FCADC looked at potential sites for a therapy center across the county.

Leg Up offers therapeutic riding, behavioral health services, nutritional services and physical, occupational and speech therapies, according to the nonprofit’s web page. Children are engaged indoors and outdoors in fun, safe, child-friendly environments.

“Leg Up is prepared to partner with school districts and to be a resource for the school districts,” Ross said.

Leg Up will be collaborating with the Franklin County 4-H Therapeutic Riding Center, 181 Franklin Farm Lane. Volunteers at the riding center offer therapeutic horseback riding to about 70 students every season. The local center was founded in 1982.

“Both entities really seem to be embracing the other,” Ross said.

Louis and Laurie Castriota founded Leg Up in 1997 as a nonprofit. A farm in Mount Wolf was donated in 2001 to the organization, and in 2010 Leg Up Farm opened. A Wellness & Education Center was added in 2013.

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Chambersburg company awarded $1.35M loan from development authority

Jennifer Fitch

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A Chambersburg business that provides warehousing and transportation services was awarded a $1.35 million, low-interest loan Wednesday in an announcement from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

The Franklin County Area Development Corp. was named as the actual loan recipient for Franklin Storage LP and will pass along the money, according to a news release.

FCADC President L. Michael Ross described Franklin Storage LP as a “really significant third-party logistics provider” operating in the Chambersburg area for 25 years.

Ross said the company plans to use a 60,000-square-foot building previously occupied by Sunset Industrial Applications on Sheffler Drive.

“They need the space, and this space was available. It really is an arrangement we’re very pleased with,” he said.

The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority awarded FCADC a 15-year loan at 3 percent interest. The release said the total project cost is estimated to be $2.7 million for the company that employs 56 people.

Ross said Franklin Storage has a history of building and using warehouses, then selling or leasing those warehouses to national companies moving into the area.

“They’ll maintain their presence on Kriner Road,” he said.

FCADC honors farm and industry

Jim Hook, jhook@publicopinionnews.com 6:03 p.m. EDT September 9, 2016
GREENCASTLE – A banker, a dairy farm and a 93-year-old family business were honored at the 30th annual Industry Appreciation Dinner.

More than 460 people on Thursday attended the Franklin County Area Development Corporation dinner held at Green Grove Gardens, 1032 Buchanan Trail East. It was among the event’s largest audiences.

William E. Snell Jr., former CEO and president of Farmers and Merchants Trust Company, was presented the 24th annual Zane A. Miller award. The award honors an individual who has made uniquely outstanding contributions to economic development in the county.

Mercer Vu Farms Inc. of Mercersburg was named the 2016 Small Business of the Year. Mercer Vu has evolved into a regional leader in the dairy industry with the recent addition of 1,000 acres and 1,000 milking cows in Whitepost, Virginia. The farm annually ships more than 80 million pounds of milk to Land O’ Lakes which makes its way to consumers as butter, yogurts, and dairy creamers.

Nitterhouse Concrete Products of Chambersburg was named the 2016 Large Business of the Year. For five generations, the Nitterhouse companies have been recognized as a leader in the manufacture of pre-cast and pre-stressed concrete products.

Bill Snell

Under Bill’s 20-year tenure, F&M Trust assets grew to exceed $1 billion with a commercial loan portfolio of more than $650 million. Trust department assets under management exceed $700 million

He has been active with the Chambersburg Area Development Corporation, the Chambersburg Hospital Board of Directors, the Cumberland Valley Regional Development Corporation, Wilson College Board of Trustees, and the Capitol Theatre Foundation. The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce honored him in 2002 as Business Person of the Year.

Mike Ross, left, holds an award for Mark Taylor, presidentBuy Photo
Mike Ross, left, holds an award for Mark Taylor, president of Nitterhouse Concrete Products, as he accepts the award on behalf of the company during the 30th annual Franklin County Industry Appreciation dinner on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2016. Nitterhouse Concrete Products won Large Business of the Year Award. (Photo: Noelle haro-Gomez, Public Opinion)

Nitterhouse Concrete

The Nitterhouse Concrete product line is known for its technical innovation, and the company is known for its customer service and support. In 2015, Nitterhouse produced enough concrete to construct a three-foot sidewalk from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. The company, founded in 1923 by William L. Nitterhouse, employs more than 150 people full time.

The company gives back to other local organizations through the volunteer efforts of its employees and financial contributions from the William and Diane Nitterhouse Foundation. Organizations benefiting from the support include the Chambersburg YMCA, Building Our Pride In Chambersburg, the Boy Scouts of America and youth sports organizations.

Mercer Vu

Founded in 1949 with seven hand-milked cows, the multi-generational family farm has grown into a state-of-the-art, 24-hour a day, seven-day-a-week operation. The company farms more than 4,000 acres and milks more than 2,800 cows. Land O’Lakes in 2015 presented the operation with its 10-Year Milk Quality Award.

Ron Hissong and wife, Judy, and their sons, Ron and Rick and their wives, Becky and Amy, continued the vision started by Glenn and Mae Hissong.

Relocation of Md. feed lab to bring more jobs: Cumberland Valley Analytical Services (CVAS) to move into the former Pacemaker Press building

Cumberland Valley Analytical Services, a feed lab serving the dairy industry, will relocate from Washington County, Maryland, to the former Pacemaker Press building, bringing 78 jobs to the Wharf Road Industrial Park in Washington Township.

Posted Aug. 16, 2016 at 10:00 PM


Cumberland Valley Analytical Services, a feed lab serving the dairy industry, will relocate from Washington County, Maryland, to the former Pacemaker Press building, bringing 78 jobs to the Wharf Road Industrial Park in Washington Township.

The company plans to invest $4.6 million in the project, which will include purchase of the 30,000 square-foot building, facility improvements and new equipment and fixtures, according to a news release issued by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s office Tuesday afternoon. A 3,000-square-foot addition has been approved by Washington Township supervisors.

“We’re thrilled that CVAS will locate to the Pacemaker Press building, which became empty as a set of unfortunate events for the previous owner,” said Michael Christopher, Washington Township manager. Pacemaker Press, which moved to the industrial park from Frederick, closed in April for the owner’s personal and professional reasons.

“It’s a good project for the continued development of the Wharf Road Industrial Park. It’s good for greater Waynesboro area, Franklin County and Pennsylvania,” said L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp.

“CVAS tests feeds and grains from throughout the region to validate the quality of crops and is a critical component of the agriculture industry,” Ross said.

Its move adds to the diversity of the Wharf Road Industrial Park, which also is home to a trailer manufacturer, concrete supplier, steel tubing supplier and, soon, Hadley Farms, a large commercial bakery which also is relocating from Washington County, Maryland.

Ag industry

CVAS was founded in 1992 as a small chemistry forage lab serving the local dairy industry in south-central Pennsylvania and Maryland. Since then, it has grown significantly by providing cutting edge forage evaluation services in a quick, accurate and cost effective manner, according to the governor’s office. Today, CVAS has more than 90 employees and is one of the largest chemistry-based feed labs in the nation.

“Cumberland Valley Analytical Services chose to relocate its operations to Pennsylvania for several important reasons, including our business-friendly climate, our strong agricultural focus and the value we place on industry’s benefits to the local economy,” according to the governor. “It’s with great pleasure that we welcome this family-owned and managed business to the commonwealth. The services it provides help support our dairy sector and promote a safe food supply for our residents.”

“We are excited for the relocation to the Wharf Road Industrial Park. It is a total win for us. We obtain critically needed space for expansion in a state where agriculture is a valued key industry,” said Ralph Ward, CVAS founder and owner. “The involvement of the DCED and the industrial development authority has allowed us to make the financing of this project a reality. The support that we are receiving from local government and industry has been amazing.”

Page 2 of 2 – The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team in collaboration with the FCADC.

“The decision of Ralph Ward to consolidate CVAS is reflective of Pennsylvania’s pro-business climate and the collaboration of local community stakeholders, including the Washington Township supervisors, Waynesboro Area School District and the Franklin County Area Development Corp.,” Ross said. “CVAS has a stellar reputation in the ag industry and as one of Pennsylvania’s leading agricultural counties, we welcome CVAS to Franklin County and look forward to a long-term relationship.”

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