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Letterkenny signs another major firm

June 07, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Franklin County trucking company will expand into the Cumberland Valley Business Park after reaching an agreement with the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority.

H.C. Gabler Inc. will pay $675,000 for Letterkenny Army Depot's Building 19, a 42,000-square-foot warehouse on four acres along Michigan Avenue. The development authority board also agreed to a two-year $232,000 lease-to-buy agreement on 5.8 acres across the road.

G. Bryan Salzmann, an environmental attorney representing the H.C. Gabler, said the paved and fenced parking lot will be used for equipment storage. Building 19 will be used as a warehouse and distribution center and has rail access, he said.

Development authority spokeswoman Deb Garvin said Building 19 was formerly used for the same purposes by the Army. She described it as a one-story, high-bay block building.

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In March, Salzmann said the company planned to hire 10 to 15 new workers, At least nine of them would be drivers earning $40,000 or more a year, he said.

The development authority news release said the company specializes in "just-in-time" delivery of parts to manufacturers. The company provides trucking and courier services within a 300-mile radius of Chambersburg.

Salzmann said H.C. Gabler is also a transportation broker, arranging deliveries throughout the United States and Canada to companies that want the quick delivery of parts without having to maintain large inventories.

According to the development authority news release, the company operates more than 700 pieces of transport equipment and maintains a number of terminals, including three in Pennsylvania - Chambersburg, Aspers and Mechanicsburg - and Winchester, Va.

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