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Two Franklin County businesses honored

September 07, 2000

Two Franklin County businesses honored



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two Franklin County businesses were honored Thursday at the 14th annual Industry Appreciation Dinner at the Lighthouse Restaurant, Chambersburg.

Graphics Universal, Inc. of Greencastle, Pa., and TB Wood's, Inc. received Franklin County Business of the Year awards.

Graphics Universal, housed in a 28,000-square-foot facility at 25 Commerce Drive, Greencastle, Pa., received the Business of the Year in the small business category. Graphics Universal, a full-service commercial printing operation, employs more than 50 people and is owned by the Gembe family. Garon Gembe is president and chief executive officer and Gary Gembe is chairman of the board. The company began 41 years ago in Worleytown, Franklin County.

Graphics Universal recently acquired a 90,000-square-foot building in the Cumberland Valley Business Park - formerly the Letterkenny Army Depot - to offer warehousing of products and filling of orders. The company's annual sales are in excess of $5 million.

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Publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange since 1996, TB Wood's received Business of the Year in the large business category. On 440 N. Fifth Ave., Chambersburg, TB Wood's manufactures, markets and sells industrial power transmission products, including electronic drives, flexible couplings, belted drives and motors. It had annual sales this past year in excess of $130 million.

TB Wood's has 11 production facilities and more than 1,200 employees in the United States, Canada and Mexico. There is a second Franklin County location on Black Gap Road, Scotland. The two Franklin County facilities employee more than 600 employees.

The Chambersburg headquarters is a 440,000-square-foot facility that is primarily dedicated to the production of industrial power transmission products.

TB Wood's began in 1857 with the production of wood stoves and entered the power transmission industry at the turn of the 20th century.

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