By RICHARD F. BELISLE
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- S. Schwab Co. a Cumberland, Md., based manufacturer and importer of children's clothing, will build a $7 million distribution center in Martinsburg, local development authority officials said Friday.
The new plant will employ 140 workers when it opens next March, said Richard Wachtel, chairman of the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport Authority. It will cover 187,000 square feet at the John D. Rockefeller IV Science and Technology Center, an industrial park at the local airport.
It's neighbors will be the Sino-Swearingen Aircraft Co., and TLM Aerospace, two new airplane assembly plants now under construction.
Ground will be broken next week, Wachtel said. The plant is expected to be finished by Jan. 1.
Overall, Schwab will invest more than $9 million in the venture, including building and equipment, Wachtel said. The company will pay Berkeley County about $100,000 a year in lieu of taxes, Wachtel said.