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Stargate moving to Hagerstown

May 04, 2000|By LAURA ERNDE

A Shepherdstown, W.Va.-based Internet service provider is moving to Hagerstown next month, economic development officials said Thursday.

Stargate Industries, formerly Intrepid Technologies, is moving into 4,000 square feet of a new building being constructed at Hagerstown Business Park. Stargate purchased Intrepid in October 1999.

Hagerstown will serve as a data center and one of four regional offices for the Pittsburgh-based company.

"We are pleased that Stargate found that Washington County has the telecommunications infrastructure suitable for this high technology company expansion," said John Howard, director of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission.

About 15 to 20 people working at Stargate's Shepherdstown, W.Va., office will move to Hagerstown.

The company also will move out of its office at Hagerstown Community College's Technical Innovation Center.

The 35,000-square-foot L&R Building on Sweeney Drive is expected to be finished in time for Stargate's June 1 move, said Hagerstown developer David Lyles.

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"This project shows that Hagerstown has what high-tech companies need to locate here," Lyles said.

Stargate is one of the country's largest regional Internet service providers, serving western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and neighboring portions of Ohio and Maryland.

Founded in 1994, the company employs more than 200 people.

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