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Machining company consolidating

August 06, 1998|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Warm Spring Machining, Inc. will celebrate its 10th anniversary early next year by moving into a new, $1 million, 40,000-square-foot building, a company official said Thursday.

The company does custom, subcontract machine and welding work in addition to building a line of professional barbecue equipment it introduced in April.

It is operating out of three plants - on Green Street in Waynesboro, in the Zullinger (Pa.) Industrial Park and in a plant in Thurmont, Md. - said Sam Krupsaw, general manager and chief financial officer.

The company started out on Main Street in 1989, moved to a site on Pa. 316, then to Green Street, he said.

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The new plant, to be built on a 5-acre tract at Ninth Street and Clayton Avenue in Waynesboro, will consolidate the work of all three plants, Krupsaw said.

It will contain 36,000 feet of manufacturing space and 4,000 square feet for offices, he said.

Construction bids are being studied, and ground should be broken in 30 to 60 days, Krupsaw said.

The company's 50 employees will move into the plant when it opens, Krupsaw said. An additional 10 to 12 workers will be hired over the next three years, he said.

Warm Springs Machining's two biggest customers are Jerr-Dan, makers of rollback trucks in Greencastle, Pa., and Ingersoll-Rand, Inc., in Shippensburg, Pa., producers of road-making equipment.

The company's newest product, trailer-mounted barbecue grills, went on the market in April. The idea for the grills came at a company picnic, Krupsaw said.

After looking it over, several employees decided it was something they could make in the plant.

"Employees designed it. We're very proud of them," he said.

The grills are being sold directly and through distributors to camps, firehalls, caterers, country clubs, and to anyone who needs to cook for a lot of people, he said.

Waynesboro Borough Manager Lloyd Hamburger said the new plant will be a welcome addition to the borough's industrial base.

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