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Company plans new plant along U.S. 11

August 28, 2000

Company plans new plant along U.S. 11



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Plans have been filed for a 40,000-square-foot production facility along U.S. 11 south of Martinsburg where lubricants and other products will be manufactured.

The facility, to be built on 22 acres across from the Corning Glass Works, will replace a similar production plant that was destroyed in a fire in Winchester, Va., last Dec. 20, according to Pete Duane, president of Chem-Pak, Inc.

Since the fire, about four or five manufacturers have been producing products for Chem-Pak, Duane said.

Before the fire, Duane said Chem-Pak officials had planned to build a new plant at its Oates Avenue location in Winchester, but the property was not big enough for what they wanted to build.

The company was attracted to Berkeley County, where company officials received financial help from the state and local banks, Duane said. The land they found was excellent, Duane said.

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After the fire, Chem-Pak let its production crew go, leaving a staff of about a dozen, Duane said. The company expects to increase the number of employees to 50 once it gets into full production at its Berkeley County site, Duane said.

Chem-Pak performs contract packaging for various companies. It manufactures about 200 products such as dry lubricants, oil lubricants and grease products for other companies to sell.

Chem-Pak controls the entire production process including labeling, Duane said.

Chem-Pak also makes lubricants and rust preventative products for the gun industry and polishes and lubricants for musical instruments, Duane said.

Chem-Pak hopes to have its Berkeley County facility completed by the end of December, Duane said.

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