Letterkenny gets second tenant

October 10, 1997


Staff Writer, Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority signed a three-year lease with Martinez Consulting & Computer Services Inc. this week, marking the second tenant to take advantage of space at Letterkenny Army Depot transferred to Franklin County for development.

The technical and computer consulting firm, known as MCCS Inc. with headquarters in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area, has outgrown its local office at 1137 S. Fourth St., Chambersburg, Pa., and plans to expand at its new location, said Robert Zullinger, authority chairman.

The company will occupy a suite in Building 500 of the Letterkenny Opportunity Center, a 20,000-square-foot office building, Zullinger said.

"This is a perfect fit," he said.

The local MCCS Inc. office employs five people and the company expects to increase to between 10 and 12 employees in the next year or two, Zullinger said.


Officials at MCCS Inc. could not be reached for comment.

MCCS Inc. does consulting work for government agencies and for public and private employers.

In Franklin County, the company has worked for United Defense, Defense Logistics Agency, the Pennsylvania district justice training center at Wilson College and Franklin County's 911 Emergency Database.

"We're encouraged because it sends a real positive signal for reuse at the depot," said Michael Ross, authority board member and president of Franklin County Area Development Corp.

The board is negotiating with several other prospective tenants to locate at Letterkenny Opportunity Center, Ross said.

Excelsior Manufacturing Co., a clothing manufacturer that expects to start operating in Building 9 by the end of this month, became the first tenant on Aug. 27.

The company plans to hire the 200 displaced workers from the J. Schoeneman Co. in Chambersburg.

In September 1995, the federal government called for the closure of approximately 1,500 acres of the 19,500-acre depot as part of a realignment plan.

A year later, the Franklin County Reuse Committee commissioned the preparation of a strategy to transform and redevelop the 1,500 acres into a business and industrial park.

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