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, 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.”

The Manitowoc Company, Inc. Intends to Relocate Its Crawler Manufacturing Operations to Shady Grove, Pennsylvania


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The Manitowoc Company, Inc. to maintain its corporate headquarters in Manitowoc, Wisconsin

MANITOWOC, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The Manitowoc Company, Inc. (NYSE: MTW) announced its intent to relocate its crawler crane manufacturing operations from Manitowoc, Wisconsin to Shady Grove, Pennsylvania, to optimize its manufacturing footprint, reduce costs and expand margins. This initiative will increase operational efficiency and allow the company to reallocate resources to invest in profitable growth. The transition will begin in the third quarter with completion anticipated by the middle of 2017.

In total, this initiative is expected to generate annualized pre-tax cost savings of $25-30 million.

“After a comprehensive analysis and review of our current manufacturing footprint, coupled with current market conditions, we believe this restructuring initiative will ensure that our business continues to meet and exceed the needs of our customers every day. We further recognize that this will have a personal impact on people who have been dedicated to Manitowoc. We thank them for their contributions to the achievements of our business, and are committed to treating them fairly and with respect throughout this process,” said Barry Pennypacker, president and chief executive officer, The Manitowoc Company, Inc.

Shady Grove is a 300-acre facility with proven capability in manufacturing a broad range of product lines including its rough terrain cranes, truck cranes, boom trucks, industrial cranes and lattice boom crawler cranes. Since 2015, Shady Grove has been producing crawler cranes with the quality and reliability customers expect. Manitowoc has made significant investments in new equipment at the Shady Grove facility to augment its capacity and capability. This transition will optimize utilization of these assets with sufficient manufacturing capacity to support current and future crawler demand.

Manitowoc’s crawler business intends to maintain its product engineering and related support functions in the Manitowoc, Wisconsin area.

The Manitowoc Company, Inc. will maintain its headquarters in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Pa. Welding Training Center to prepare for global employment

Coria Bowen/Staff Writer The Herald-Mail

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Next year, students at the new Welding Training Center in Chambersburg, Pa., will be able to receive welding training that will provide them with global certifications.

“Every graduate can get a job as a welder any place in the world, even in Europe or the United States of America,” Stefan Takac, president and chief executive officer of Phenomenal Industries Inc., said at Tuesday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the center.

The center is set to be completed March 1.

Phenomenal Industries, Inc., a welding services company based in Europe, is the training center’s operating company in partnership with the Franklin County Area Development Corp., the training center’s developer.

The Welding Training Center at 1669 Opportunity Ave. will be 10,868 square feet with 20 individual welding stations and state-of-the-art classroom and training space. It has a total capital investment of $1.75 million financed by F&M Trust.

Lehman Construction Services Inc. will be the general contractor for the project.

“We think it’s going to address a community need,” said L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp. Welding is “a very family-sustainable career.”

During his speech at the groundbreaking ceremony, Takac said the project began two years ago, when he had a meeting with Ross and with David Briel, executive director of the Office of International Business Development, about the possibility of opening the center in Chambersburg.

“Since then, we learned that Franklin County is a great place to live, work and play,” Takac said. “We are very confidant that this county will soon become a phenomenal county to get trained as a welder for global application.”

Depending on the specific welding process, training will generally last between four to six weeks, after which graduates are hired by Phenomenal and contracted to the company’s clients within the U.S. and in Europe, Takac said.

Ross said his expectation is that the center will provide business opportunities for manufacturers in Franklin County and across the region.

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