FCADC gets prestigious economic development award

Staff report

Updated:   09/17/2015 06:09:11 PM EDT

FRANKLIN COUNTY >> Franklin County Area Development Corp. has been recognized by the Northeastern Economic Developers Association for its design and implementation of a program to support local Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).

FCADC received NEDA’s 2015 Program of the Year Award for it’s design and implementation of a “Supply-Chain Development and Localization Program which supports county-based OEMs.

NEDA membership represents more than 500 economic development and related professionals across 11 states from Maryland to Maine.

FCADC’s program provides targeted economic development services to the county’s OEMs through the enhancement of their domestic supply-chain as well as to those international suppliers considering “re-shoring” or “localization” of their products and services within Franklin County.

Since 2012, the Supply-Chain Development and Localization Program has supported nine economic development projects resulting in about $38.8 million of new capital investment within the county’s manufacturing and “just-in-time” supply chain.

The new capital investment is a combination of new construction, facility relocation, the purchase of new machinery and equipment and job training.

FCADC support has also directly impacted 575 family-sustaining full-time jobs.

“This award validates our efforts in support of our local OEMS,” said L. Michael Ross, FCADC president. “Furthermore, the program has helped diversify and strengthen our local economy.

A short video presentation about the award can be found on FCADC’s Facebook page.

FCADC Industry appreciation awards presented at annual dinner

By Megan Herr

Posted Sep. 11, 2015 at 10:30 AM 
Shady Grove, Pa.

 Two area businesses and one local resident were honored at the 29th annual Franklin County Area Development Corp. Industry Appreciation Dinner Thursday evening at Green Grove Gardens.

The three awards were presented for economic, civic and cultural contributions to the well-being of Franklin County.

Robert J. Moser received this year’s Zane A. Miller Award, the highest recognition given by FCADC.

Pictures Plus of Zullinger was named Small Business of the Year and World Kitchen, LLC of Greencastle was recognized as the Large Business of the Year.

The dinner and awards ceremony were followed by a presentation by John McElligott, CEO of 3TC Robotics.

Zane A. Miller Award 

Moser was honored with the Zane A. Miller Award for his contributions to the growth and economic well-being of Franklin County, his moral character and his business, civic and volunteer work.

“Robert has dedicated his adult life to community service and increasing the quality of life for Franklin County citizens,” said L. Michael Ross, president of FCADC.

Moser, senior loan officer at First Community Bank of Mercersburg, has served the FCADC as a board member and long-time chairman of the loan review committee. He is also active in the community, participating in organizations such as the Relay for Life in Greencastle, the Civitan Club, the Capitol Theatre Resource Committee, Memorial Square Fountain Restoration Committee and the Coyle Free Library, and also serves on the finance and pastor’s parish committees for Edenville United Methodist Church.

Moser attributes his success to the support of his wife of 37 years, Pat, and his two daughters, Tara and Shana.

“I’m just overwhelmed and to receive this prestigious award for doing the things that I love to do is just amazing,” said Moser.

Small Business of the Year

Pictures Plus was founded in 1992 with just four employees in a 1,500 square-foot-commercial space in Waynesboro. It outgrew the original space and acquired a new 4,000-square-foot facility along Buchanan Trail East in Zullinger.

Pictures Plus now has 16 permanent full-time employees and 30 part-time workers.

The company has photographed, processed, printed, packaged and delivered more than 750,000 images and portraits over the past year.

The company is a major supporter of many local non-profit and community organizations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Chambersburg Area School District Foundation, Waynesboro Summer Jubilee, the Waynesboro Area Business, Education, and Community Foundation, the Greencastle-Antrim Education Foundation, all county chambers of commerce and more.

“It is a strong commitment to giving back that has also earned Pictures Plus recognition as being a leader in the communities in which it serves,” said Ross. “Through continued investment in its people, technology, facilities and steadfast dedication to customer service, Pictures Plus has emerged as one of the premiere photography services in the region.”

Page 2 of 2 – “It’s overwhelming. I’ve watched this award being handed out for the last 15 years and there are so many great businesses in Franklin County, so to be honored is incredible,” said Randy Kuhn, owner of Pictures Plus.

Large Business of the Year

World Kitchen, LLC of Greencastle was recognized as Large Business of the Year award for its long-standing success and the 55-year commitment to the local community.

Part of the area since 1960, World Kitchen, LLC now operates in more than one million square feet of customer service, warehouse, assembly and distribution space with 460 full-time employees.

The company and its employees are active in numerous organizations including the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Relay for Life, Greencastle-Antrim School District and local volunteer fire and EMS companies.

“From bakeware, dinnerware, kitchen and household tools to range-top cookware, storage and cutlery, World Kitchen, LLC and its affiliate brands are known an trusted around the world,” said Ross.

“It’s a great honor to be able to accept the award on behalf of our World Kitchen team. We have a great team. Many have been with the company for 20, 30, 40 plus years,” said Brett Rockers, director of distribution.


Contact Megan Herr at 717-762-2151, mherr@therecordherald.com or on Twitter: @mherr_RH

Managing growth a hot topic at Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce breakfast

Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 8:21 pm | Updated: 11:28 pm, Tue Aug 18, 2015.

By CORIA BOWEN cbowen@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — For breakfast Tuesday morning, Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce members and supporters enjoyed a meal and a talk on community growth by L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp.

Ross, who has served as president of the development corporation for more than 20 years, said one of the most important points he hoped breakfast attendees took home with them is Franklin County’s need to managegrowth.

“To manage growth, it’s addressing workforce development, it’s addressing transportation, it’s addressing our growing human-service needs, so that we’re able to build the community and to make it better than what it was previously,” Ross said at the event held at Green Grove Gardens.

Ross served as keynote speaker at the first installment of the breakfast series sponsored by the chamber, which is under the leadership of new Executive Director Georgina Cranston.

Ross highlighted many past development successes of the development corporation, as well as some of the challenges the organization faces, including the widening of Interstate 81, which runs for more than 24 miles through Franklin County.

Ross said 12 percent of the U.S. economy travels on I-81, but 14 years have passed since a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation study concluded that the highway should be widened from the Maryland state line to Interstate 78 near Lebanon, Pa.

Ross said with the increase in industrial development, I-81 will be greatly affected.

For Greencastle, Ross said that areas across the street from Exit 3 of the interstate are “very poised for development,” and are great for commercial development for Antrim Township.

Matthew Berger, investment and trust services market manager for F&M Trust, said Ross’ talk reminded him of how fortunate Franklin County is.

“The unemployment rate continues to stay low,” Berger said.”(It’s interesting) to get from Mike what they go through bringing new businesses into the area, and making sure the future generations get to enjoy the same economic development and benefits that I was able to grow up with and that we enjoy here currently.”

Sara Hollinshead, assistant office manager for First Community Bank of Mercersburg (Pa.), said she enjoyed hearing Ross speak.

“He is such a fascinating person to listen to about the growth in Franklin County,” Hollinshead said. “There is the dedication to retaining businesses, as well as the growth of our county.”

Cranston greeted guests and introduced herself through a video presentation that outlined her vision, including a current effort of allowing businesses to display advertisements in the chamber’s windows.

“I have been in the position for a full two weeks,” Cranston said. “It has been exciting, exhilarating, productive, valuable and, dare I say, even fun.”

Ross ended his talk by saying: “When you stop growing, you start dying.”

Coria Bowen is a reporter for The Herald-Mail. She can be reached via email at cbowen@herald-mail.com.

Franklin County jobless rate holds steady at 4.8 percent

Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 6:48 pm | Updated: 7:11 pm, Wed Jul 29, 2015.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 by Jennifer Fitch

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Franklin County, Pa., held steady at 4.8 percent from May to June, according to the latest datareleased Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.

In neighboring Fulton County, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped 0.3 percent to 6 percent from May to June.

Franklin County gained 200 nonagricultural jobs in June, bringing the total increase to 1,300 new jobs in the past year, labor department analysts said.

June’s job gains were made in the manufacturing and the leisure/hospitality industry.

Fulton County maintained 5,000 jobs for the past three months.

Franklin and York counties tied for the 18th lowest unemployment rate among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. Fulton County tied with Armstrong, Lawrence, Lycoming and Wyoming counties for the 46th spot.

The statewide unemployment rate remained at 5.4 percent, while the national rate decreased to 5.3 percent, figures show.

Franklin County products grow on the world stage

By Jim Hook

jhook@publicopinionnews.com @JimHookPO on Twitter

UPDATED:   07/14/2015 09:14:42 PM EDT0 COMMENTS


WASHINGTON, D.C. >> Exports from Franklin County are growing at nearly 10 percent a year, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Local producers ship construction equipment to Asia, cows to Russia, even firewood to Bermuda.

“We have more companies tied globally than we sometimes recognize,” said Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp. “There are now — because of technology — more opportunities to participate in the global economy than at any point previously.”

Franklin County producers exported goods worth $659 million last year, an increase of $56 million, or 9.2 percent, from 2013 to 2014. Together the two metro areas on the Interstate 81 corridor to the south — Hagerstown, Maryland-Martinsburg, West Virginia ($238 million) and Winchester, Virginia ($408 million) — did not export as much.

The commerce department in 2013 began to track exports from the Chambersburg-Waynesboro area, which first was designated a metro area in 2012. The 2014 numbers just came out.

The International Trade Administration’s 2014 Metropolitan Area Export Overview highlights goods and exports for 2014 from 388 U.S. metropolitan areas. The Chambersburg-Waynesboro area was among 139 metro areas setting export records. Key merchandise export categories included machinery and transportation equipment, among others.

Companies that export are not constricted by the regional or domestic market. Exporting “clearly strengthens our economy,” Ross said.

Local exports include construction equipment, cranes, lifts, utility trailers and all kinds of agricultural products, according to Ross. The commerce department adds to the list: Processed foods, printing activities and nonmetallic mineral products.

Many exports find their way to NAFTA partners, Canada and Mexico, Ross said.

Clare Reay shows examples of some of the multi-language decals which accompany the Grove and Volvo equipment produced at Gate 7 in Greencastle on Thusday,

Volvo Construction Equipment will send about 20 percent of the 2015 production at its Shippensburg plant outside the U.S., according to Meg Dameron, communication manager for Volvo.

“We like to manufacture close to our customers whenever it makes good business sense,” she said. “Following that logic, most of the Volvo Construction Equipment products manufactured in Shippensburg are sold into the North American market.”

Between 35 and 45 percent of Franklin County exports in 2014 went to countries on the rim of the Pacific Ocean, according to the commerce department. Less than 25 percent was exported to countries in the European Union.

Local businesses export all over the world, according to Ray Hummer, a partner in LBK Transport at the Cumberland Valley Business Park. His company sets up and documents shipments for local companies. Founded in 2009 with three employees, LBK currently employs 13.

Manufacturers try to build near their markets, but they don’t have a plant in every country, he said. Some companies will export parts to their plants in a foreign country where their final products are assembled.

With the dollar down against other currencies, trade had favored U.S. exports while imports had been weak, according to Hummer.

With a strengthening dollar, U.S. exports have been falling off and could slow economic growth.

Despite unfavorable currency rates, Oshkosh Corp. reported increased sales of lifts during the second quarter in all world markets except Latin America. Oshkosh produces lifts at JLG plants in Shippensburg and McConnellsburg, just outside Franklin County.

Manitowoc, which makes cranes in Franklin County, reported growth in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions during its second quarter, but reduced sales elsewhere. The company recently laid off more than 100 at the Shady Grove plant.

“The (economic) recovery hasn’t been as strong as we’ve seen in past recoveries,” Ross said.

Smaller local companies also export.

Gish Logging has been shipping packaged firewood to Bermuda for about six years, Ernie Gish said.

“It’s a small account,” he said. “They found us. We get quite a few inquires from Kuwait and Saudi. I really haven’t paid them as much attention as I should. We have a hard enough time meeting the demand for firewood here. We exported to Saudi Arabia on a trial basis.”

Gate 7 near Greencastle produces decals for machinery produced locally. Manager John Reay hesitates to count the labels he sends to Canada, but Gate 7 also makes logos for machinery that local manufacturers send to other parts of the world.

Franklin County exports grew faster than the national average. The export of goods from U.S. metropolitan areas exceeded $1.4 trillion in 2014, up more than 2 percent or $36 billion from 2013 and accounting for 89 percent of all U.S. goods exports.

Other metro areas in south-central Pennsylvania exported much more in 2014 than the Chambersburg-Waynesboro area — $3.1 billion from Harrisburg-Carlisle, $2 billion from York and $975 million from Lancaster.


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

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