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Packaging company buys building in business park

July 20, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Wisconsin-based packaging company has purchased a "shell" building in the Cumberland Valley Business Park from the Franklin County Area Development Corp.

Bentley World Packaging Ltd. of Milwaukee recently bought the 18,200-square-foot building for $450,000, said L. Michael Ross, president of the development corporation. The building is on a 5-acre lot at 5105 Technology Ave., he said.

"We essentially sold it for what we had in it," Ross said, explaining that the development corporation had paid about $450,000 to buy the land and construct the building in 2003. Ross said his group built the structure to attract a light manufacturer or other industrial user and contribute to the development of the industrial park.

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Ross said the building is essentially empty, allowing any company that purchased it to equip it as necessary. Bentley plans to eventually double the size of the building, Ross said.

The company will employ eight to 12 people when it opens this fall and employment eventually could reach 25, Ross said.

A call to Bentley was not returned Monday.

"They've got a great reputation with the Department of Defense," Ross said of the company. "They are also looking at relationships with JLG, Grove, Ingersoll-Rand and other companies that do export business," he said.

Bentley World Packaging was founded in 1942 and manufactures wood crates. It also specializes in custom corrugated packaging containers and containers for transporting goods by sea, Ross said.

The company has received the Presidential E Award for support of United States exports, Ross said.

The company will provide packaging services both within the plant and on-site at local manufacturers, Ross said. Bentley World Packaging is capable of handling packaging of heavy equipment and military hardware, he said.

The Cumberland Valley Business Park was created from surplus land at Letterkenny Army Depot after the 1995 decision by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission to downsize the military facility. The Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority was created to manage the civilian development of the property and Executive Director John Van Horn said the park currently has 43 businesses employing about 850 people.

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