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Grant allows Ingersoll-Rand to add jobs

October 23, 1997


Staff Writer, Chambersburg

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Ingersoll-Rand Co. plans to add 10 full-time jobs over the next three years and update its plant with the help of a $100,000 state grant.

State Rep. Jeffrey Coy, D-Franklin, said Tuesday that the construction equipment manufacturer was awarded the Opportunity Grant through the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

Coy wrote a grant support letter for Ingersoll-Rand, which applied for the funds early this year.

"Ingersoll-Rand has been a good, steady employer in our community and, with assistance from the state, it will bring even more jobs to our community," Coy said in a prepared statement.


In addition to funding additional jobs, the grant money will be used to help purchase new machinery and equipment and add 20,000 square feet of space to the Shippensburg plant, said Tim Elder, the company's human resources manager.

"It will also further entrench us in the (Cumberland) valley," he said.

The expansion project is expected to cost $5 million, the statement said.

The company operates its Road Machinery Division in Shippensburg, manufacturing a line of asphalt and soil compactors, among other construction equipment, sold worldwide, Elder said.

Franklin County and nearby Bedford County were two areas in southcentral Pennsylvania to benefit from the state's economic development grant program.

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