Fulton to get 1st industrial park

August 15, 1997


Staff Writer, Chambersburg

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. -Fulton County will receive a $1 million grant from the federal Economic Development Administration and the Appalachian Regional Commission to build the county's first industrial park, U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster, R-Pa., announced Thursday.

"This is exciting news for workers and residents of Fulton County. Fulton County has been receiving inquiries from companies for pre-permitted industrial sites, but the county has never before had an industrial park to offer to potential employers," Shuster told a group of Fulton County officials and residents in an afternoon ceremony outside the courthouse.

The 110-acre South Central Business Park will be constructed about a half mile south of McConnellsburg between Cito Road and U.S. 522.


The $3.2 million project calls for interior road construction, including a connector road between Cito Road and U.S. 522, land acquisition, and the extension of water and sewer lines on the property.

Preliminary plans show 25 lots on the site, which will hold businesses, manufacturers, other services and warehouses.

An estimated 400 new jobs are expected to be created as businesses move in over the next three to five years, Shuster said.

The new industrial park will give Fulton County the opportunity to diversify its economy by offering space to local and outside businesses, said Donald Bard, president of the Fulton Industrial Development Authority.

The recent layoff announcement by JLG Industries, the closings of Fort Ritchie in Maryland and several local textile plants, and the downsizing of Letterkenny Army Depot, "made the creation of this industrial park that much more important," Bard said.

The planning for an industrial park began in 1992 with the full support of the county commissioners, Bard said. The project was handed over to the county's Industrial Development Corporation in 1995.

The park's permitting should be approved and the financing in place by this winter, according to Marge Taylor, executive director of the corporation.

The construction project will likely be put out to bid next spring, she said. Development within the park will take place over the next 10 years.

Shuster also donated a computer to Fulton County during the ceremony. It will be used for the Job Training Partnership Act program to assist workers laid off by JLG.

Shuster's visit to Fulton County is part of an eight-county sweep, including several appearances in Franklin County today.

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