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Group plan to lease former Teleflex plant

July 23, 1999|By DAVE McMILLION

Staff Writer, Charles Town

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A group of Maryland businessmen who bought the former Teleflex plant along Quarry Road north of Martinsburg hope to lure another manufacturer into the building.

Teleflex, which employed more than 100 people to manufacture speedometer cables, brake cables and other car equipment, sold the building to Antietam LLC in December.

Antietam LLC is a company owned by three Washington County businessmen including Duane Grove, Vern Litzinger and Dan Spreng, president of Expedited Services in Hagerstown.

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Expedited Services is a warehousing firm that houses mostly products for heavy manufacturing, said Spreng. The company has two locations in Hagerstown.

Antietam LLC plans to lease the old 84,000-square-foot Teleflex plant to a manufacturer then build another warehouse facility at the rear of the property for its own use, said Spreng.

But construction of the warehouse will not begin until the plant is leased, said Spreng.

The executive director of the Berkeley County Development Authority says that although the facility is attractive, its low ceilings have slowed down interest in the building.

The plant's ceilings are about 13 feet high, and most manufacturers want ceilings about 22 feet high, said Bob Crawford.

"We just need to find the right mix or the right tenant for it," said Crawford.

Antietam LLC plans to build a warehouse on the property that will be about 60,000-square-feet, but can be expanded up to 240,000-square-feet, said Spreng.

Before Teleflex, Handy and Harman Automotivie made car parts in the plant. Handy and Harman then sold the building to Teleflex.

Teleflex apparently ended up with more manufacturing space than they had customers for and closed the plant about two years ago, said Crawford.

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