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Auto-parts supplier to build facility in Williamsport

December 22, 1999|By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

A Hyattsville, Md., automotive supplier will relocate its growing operation to Williamsport early next year, according to one of its owners.

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Capitol Core Co., which supplies used auto parts to remanufacturing companies, will move into a new 15,000-square-foot building at the Interstate Industrial Park, vice president Martin Goldfarb said Wednesday.

Goldfarb said he hopes the company will be in the new building, being constructed by Myers Building Systems, by March.

The company has about 10 employees but likely will lose a few in the move, he said.

It is hiring and should be up to about 15 employees within six months of the move, Goldfarb said.

The warehouse positions probably will start at $8 to $10 during training and pay more as a worker's knowledge increases, he said.

The company supplies used auto parts ordered by part number or specific application - for example, a windshield wiper motor - to manufacturers that use them as a raw material, Goldfarb said.

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"It's a very niche industry that we're in," he said.

About 25 years old, Capitol Core Co. was attracted to Washington County for several reasons, including its labor force, the friendliness and helpfulness of the local people and its proximity to interstate highways, Goldfarb said.

"We buy all over the country and from Canada and ship all over the country and into Canada," he said.

Capitol Core Co. is a welcome addition to the county, said Thomas B. Riford, marketing director for the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission.

"Small businesses make up the majority of companies in Washington County. Most of our new job growth comes from the small-business sector, and we absolutely look forward to this new facility in Williamsport," Riford said.

"Our business climate is good, but we continue to look toward ways to further diversify our business and industrial community," he said.

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