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Business park taking root fast

January 15, 2006|By JENNIFER FITCH

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

ZULLINGER, PA. -

A former orchard in Zullinger might sprout new buildings early this year as a local development corporation continues to sell lots at the location of its pet project.

The 12-lot Wharf Road Industrial Park between Waynesboro and Greencastle is home now to only one business: CAM Superline, a manufacturer of construction and hydraulic dump trailers.

But officials with the Waynesboro Industrial Development Corp. feel that's about to change.

"We'd like to sell out the park this year," said MaryBeth Hockenberry, administrator for the development corporation. "The economy's good. Businesses are looking to expand."

Three lots have been sold, three are under contract and six remain on the market, she said.

Each of the lots is five to 11 acres of the former Bromley orchard in Zullinger, Hockenberry said.

In 1999, state Sen. Terry Punt, R-Franklin, secured a $900,000 grant to finance water and sewer lines and the construction of Zane A. Miller Drive through the industrial park, said Michael Christopher, who represents Washington (Pa.) Township on the development corporation's 12-person board.

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Christopher said Punt deserves a lot of credit for obtaining the grant.

"He felt strongly that the Waynesboro area needed another industrial park to provide jobs," Christopher said. "Nine hundred thousand dollars is a lot of money for this kind of infrastructure."

CAM Superline, formerly of Williamson, Pa., opened in Wharf Road Industrial Park in January 2003, said Sandy Poffenberger, who owns the business with Lamar Lehman.

In December, both the Franklin County Area Development Corp. and Nick Turano, owner of Armaclad and Blue Mountain Cookery, settled on lots.

Hockenberry feels CAM Superline has benefited from its new building and location.

"They've really expanded," she said. "They have just grown exponentially since they moved here."

Poffenberger agreed the business has taken off since the move.

"We needed a larger location and Franklin County Area Development Corp. worked with us to get this site," Poffenberger said. "In January 2003, we started out with 30,000 (square feet), and we are now putting on an additional 30,000."

L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp., said he is excited to help other businesses experience that same growth by building on the lot owned by his development corporation.

"We're in the process right now of subdividing the lot into two parcels," Ross said.

There is a tentative agreement with a county business to lease the 9,000-square-foot facility the Franklin County Area Development Corp. hopes to break ground on in the spring, Ross said.

Ross said plans include constructing a second building on the lot shortly thereafter.

Most of the sales agreements in place are with existing southern Franklin County businesses looking for easy access to Pa. 16 and Interstate 81, Hockenberry said.

Prices for property in the light industrial park start at $30,000 per acre, Hockenberry said.

"We've (recently) had more interest in the park than we've had in the past couple years," she said. "The original goal for doing all this was to bring new business and opportunity for new employment and to strengthen our tax base."

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