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Mail business plans to expand in business park

June 27, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - AB&C Group Inc., a mail fulfillment center located in Ranson, W.Va., plans to consolidate its local offices and a facility it operates in Winchester, Va., into a new 265,000-square-foot plant in the Burr Industrial Park in Bardane, W.Va., a county economic development official said Thursday.

AB&C wants to consolidate its operations to increase efficiency, according to Jane Peters, executive director of the Jefferson County Development Authority.

The company is working out the final details of its financial package and hopes the deal will be completed soon, Peters told the Jefferson County Commission.

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Peters brought the issue to the commissioners because she wanted them to approve a resolution requesting $400,000 in state funds to build an access road for the new plant, which would be built next to the Norm Thompson plant.

The commissioners approved the resolution.

The development authority wanted to line up funds for an access road for the plant to make the local site attractive to the company, Peters said.

"They were looking at other locations," Peters said.

Another benefit to the access road is that it can serve other new businesses that may move into the industrial park, Peters said.

AB&C packages and ships products that are marketed through toll-free numbers, direct mail and other methods. The company, which moved into a former Dixie Narco building in 1992, packages and ships material 24 hours a day, using a variety of delivery services such as UPS and Federal Express.

Besides its location in Ranson, AB&C also has offices in a former grocery store building along W.Va. 9 just east of Charles Town.

There are about 100 people working at AB&C's location in Winchester, Peters said.

The plant consolidation means about 550 people would be working at the new plant in Bardane, Peters said.

AB&C also has offices in Orange, Va., but those will not be moved, Peters said.

It will take about a year to build the plant, Peters said.

AB&C officials could not be reached for comment.

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