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Phoenix to add third building, 200 jobs

May 19, 1997

By JULIE E. GREENE

Staff Writer

Phoenix Color Corp.'s plans to construct a third building in Hagerstown to be used for book manufacturing could provide jobs for about 200 people, the company president said Monday.

The company, which makes book jackets and paperback covers at its two buildings in the Washington County Business Park, plans to break ground for the new building in the spring, said Louis LaSorsa.

"Instead of just exclusively doing the covers, we're going to be doing the entire product," said LaSorsa.

"We're very excited. We think there's a real need in the marketplace to do it," he said.

The company employs 350 people with a payroll of more than $12 million, he said.

Phoenix makes paperback covers and dust jackets for books for from 400 to 500 customers, LaSorsa said.

The new manufacturing plant will print and bind paperback books the size of workbooks or digests, he said.

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The new building will be built in front of Phoenix's second building, which is on Western Maryland Parkway in Hagerstown. The roughly 100,000-square-foot building will be inside the city limits.

LaSorsa said the building will be similar to the company's other two buildings. The company's last building, which opened early last year, cost about $7 million.

Phoenix opened its first local facility, an 85,000-square-foot building, on Tandy Drive in the Washington County Business Park in 1992.

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