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Mellott opens new facility in Pa.

September 20, 1999

New BuildingBy RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro

photos: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer




WARFORDSBURG, Pa. - U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster led a dedication Monday of a 68,000-square-foot building that will serve as a headquarters and equipment-repair facility for H.B. Mellott Estates Inc., one of Fulton County's largest employers.

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Shuster, R-Pa., was praised by Mellott executives as being instrumental in the company's success.

A $217 billion transportation bill pushed through Congress last year by Shuster, chairman of the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, was a windfall for Mellot, a stone quarry operation.

The company has six quarries in Fulton and Washington counties, and 22 temporary stone crushing sites on the East Coast.

Rep. Bud ShusterTransportation projects also help Mellot's sister company, Mellott Enterprises Inc., which manufacturers stone crushing equipment next door to H.B. Mellott Estates.

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Paul C. Mellott, president and chief operating officer of H. B. Mellott Estates Inc. and vice president of MEI, said Monday the companies combined have about 240 employees, including 35 hired since May.

The workforce includes operators of giant loaders, off-road and over-the-road truck drivers, cement truck drivers, mechanics and service technicians, engineers, trainers and a department that ensures compliance with environmental and safety regulations.

Bronwyn Weaver, spokeswoman for the Mellott companies, said the number of environmental and safety permits required at all levels of government have increased tenfold in recent years, as has the number of agencies cranking out the regulations.

"That's why we have to hire our own environmental, safety and health experts," she said. "We have a lot of hoops to jump through."

Weaver said the burgeoning regulations are one reason why Mellott companies are becoming more public-relations conscious. "We're trying to explain why our products are needed," she said.

Mellott said his companies continue to grow. Indeed, a large office in the new building dedicated this weekend is empty, but it's expected to fill up next year with new employees to handle the increased business.

On Saturday, more than 900 employees, their families, Warfordsburg-area residents and neighbors of Mellott's quarry operations in Fulton County, Pa., and Washington County were guests at an open house for the new building. Also on hand was Maryland Rep. Casper Taylor, D-Allegheny, the speaker of the House of Delegates.

Mellott, in introducing Shuster, called him the champion of his industry. Shuster, in turn, praised the quarry industry for its help in lobbying Congress to pass his transportation bill.

Shuster called it the largest transportation bill in U.S. history. Because of it, there is a road construction project under way for every 30 miles of interstate highway, he said.

The bill has created 3.2 million jobs and will increase Pennsylvania's share of federal highway funds from $890 million to $1.3 billion this year.

Money for the bill came from road taxes Congress was holding up or using for other purposes, Shuster said.

He said the funds had to be unlocked and put to their intended use.

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