High-tech firm heading for Morgan Co.

September 24, 1997


Staff Writer, Waynesboro

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - It took eight years, but it now looks like the first tenant in the 55-acre Morgan County Industrial Park South will soon be moving in.

Officials working on the the deal to bring the Japanese "high-tech" firm to Morgan County said Tuesday they won't name the firm until negotiations are complete. They also said they hope selling the first tract will create a domino effect that will bring other companies in.

The park has been vacant since it opened in 1989.

Phillip Maggio, president of the Morgan County Commissioners, said Tuesday this will be the first investment by a Japanese firm in the Eastern Panhandle and the first U.S. investment for the company.


Maggio declined to say what the new firm will make. He did say it would eventually employ 25 to 30 workers.

The fact that the industrial park is complete with roads and utilities made the difference in luring the company here, Maggio said.

"Had we not had the infrastructure in place, we would not have anybody coming in," he said.

He also said Morgan County's quality of life added to the package.

Growth in the Panhandle has been limited mostly to the east in Jefferson and Berkeley counties. The new company will show that Morgan County is now a player in the region, Maggio said.

"We finally convinced people that Morgan County is a perfect atmosphere to do business in," he said.

"I can honestly say that, barring problems at the last level of negotiations, that they want to come to Morgan County and we want them here," Maggio said.

The announcement that the move was pending came from U.S. Rep. Bob Wise's office.

The industrial park, about 10 miles south of Berkeley Springs on U.S. 522, opened at the same time that a smaller industrial park opened in Paw Paw, W.Va., a Potomac River Community of about 700, just 25 miles west of Berkeley Springs. The park in Paw Paw, although smaller, was filled the first year.

Both parks were built with state and federal money plus.

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