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JLG moving some workers to Hagerstown

January 05, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

JLG Industries Inc., the largest employer in Fulton County, Pa., said Wednesday it is moving 50 of its employees into 20,000 square feet of office space in Washington County.

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JLG employees will finish moving into Fountainhead Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue north of the city limits by the end of the month, said Tom Riford, marketing director for the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission.

The building is about 30 miles southeast of the headquarters of the McConellsburg, Pa.-based company, Riford said. Many of the employees live in Washington County.

Office Suppliers Inc. previously occupied the entire 32,000-square-foot building.

Office Suppliers now is using only about 9,000 square feet, and around April will move into a 20,500-square-foot building in the Interstate 81 Business Park off Maugans Avenue, Riford said.

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The salaries for the 50 jobs are competitive, Corporate Relations Director Juna Rowland said. JLG would not provide additional information.

"These offices will allow JLG to maximize its operations without physical constraints," said L. David Black, JLG chairman and chief executive officer. "As we continue to focus on growing our business and serving our customers, this expansion will ensure the ongoing effectiveness and communication between key departments while freeing space at our McConnellsburg facility for other business demands."

JLG Industries is the world's leading producer of mobile aerial work platforms and a leading manufacturer of telescopic material handlers and telescopic hydraulic excavators, Riford said. The company's products are marketed under the JLG and Gradall trademarks.

"JLG has a terrific name in the Quad-State region and around the world," said Washington County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook. "For a company like JLG to select Hagerstown for an office location speaks volumes for our business climate."

"Washington County has the work force that many companies like JLG need," said Richard C. Mike Lewin, Secretary of Business and Economic Development. "The State welcomes JLG to the growing family of companies that recognize Western Maryland as a premier business location."

"We have been working on this project for several months. It's exciting to see it happen," said Suzanne Hayes, chair of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission.

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