Tarco to open plant in mid-February

December 18, 1997


Staff Writer, Waynesboro

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A plant that makes rolls of tar paper underlayer for roofs will open here in mid-February, bringing with it about 25 new jobs for southern Franklin County, according to the man who will run the plant.

Joe Skrdlant, plant superintendent for Tarco Roofing Materials Inc.'s new factory, said he will start to hire workers in mid-January. Applications are being accepted at the plant at 8650 Molly Pitcher Highway, about two miles north of Greencastle, he said.

All employees will be from the area, he said.

"I'll be the only employee in this plant who isn't from here," Skrdlant said.

He moved to Chambersburg, Pa., from Texas. He was working there for a company doing similar business when he was hired to take charge of Tarco's new facility.


"I'll be able to hire all the good quality people I'll need right here," he said.

The company will pay between $7 and $11 an hour for production workers, he said. Health and vacation benefits will be part of the package, he said.

The new plant will run in three shifts, he said.

Tarco owns two other plants of similar size, including one in Little Rock, Ark., and another in Belton, Texas, Skrdlant said. There are about 20 companies making similar products in the United States, he said.

Basically, the manufacturing process starts with recycled cardboard being made into rolls of felt paper, which Tarco buys. The paper, in one continuous sheet, is run through a liquid asphalt-like substance, then sent along a machine with a series of rollers that looks much like a printing press. It ends up in 12-inch rolls.

Skrdlant said there will be minimal air pollution from the process and no discernible noise. An environmentally approved system being installed in the plant is designed to burn off 99.9 percent of the fumes generated by the manufacturing process, Skrdlant said.

Rows of pine trees have been planted in front of the building as a buffer, he said.

Teresa Schnoor, an Antrim Township administrator, said Tarco met all local and state zoning and environmental regulations.

She said serious concerns were raised at first by neighbors who worried that the plant would emit fumes. Those fears were allayed when company officials explained how the plant would operate, she said.

Skrdlant said his company wanted to expand to a Northeast location to take advantage of the region's growth. He said the company looked at sites in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland before settling on Pennsylvania.

"The land prices were cheaper here," he said.

Greencastle's location near Interstates 81 and 70 was also a factor, he said.

Skrdlant said the 15 acres owned by Tarco ensure ample room for future expansion.

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