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Pa. business is Super-charged anout bigger digs

July 28, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

ZULLINGER, Pa. - Featured speakers at Thursday's dedication of CAM Superline Inc.'s newly completed $3 million expansion project already were looking to the future.

"It's great being here for the second expansion, and I look forward to being here for the third expansion, which is undoubtedly coming," said state Sen. Terry Punt, R-Franklin/Adams/York.

Business partners Lamar Lehman and Sandy Poffenberger wouldn't make specific promises for the future of the trailer manufacturing company, but said they anticipate adding about 20 more jobs soon.

The additional 30,000 square feet of space at their Wharf Road Industrial Park facility already provided for 20 more jobs, bringing their employment base to 70.

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That's up from the two people with the company when it first looked to moving into the industrial park from Williamson, Pa., in 2002.

"It's a dream becoming a reality," Lehman said of the company's expansion.

"It's really nice to stand here and look around the crowd to see everyone who was with us from the beginning," Poffenberger said.

The Franklin County (Pa.) Area Development Corp. had purchased the industrial park lot, and was looking to construct a 24,000-square-foot shell building on it, FCADC President L. Michael Ross said.

"Lamar came to me and said, 'Can you make it 30 (thousand square feet),'" Ross said. "I'm looking at them and saying, 'How many trailers can you sell?' Apparently, a lot of them."

The original building, dedicated in 2003, quickly filled, and was the first business at the industrial park. CAM Superline soon looked to GRC General Contractors of Waynesboro, Pa., to double the space.

The expansion was funded through the First National Bank of Mercersburg (Pa.), the FCADC, state loans and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

"I like manufacturing," said David C. Dickson of the U.S. Small Business Administration. "Manufacturing brings wealth to communities. It brings jobs, obviously."

"This is a prime example of small businesses growing and expanding," Punt said. CAM Superline's experience is "symbolic of the commitment and ability of small businesses," he said.

Four of Wharf Road Industrial Park's 12 lots are available for purchase, said MaryBeth Hockenberry, administrator for Waynesboro Industrial Development Corp.

"We anticipate the park will be sold out by next spring," she said. "I can say that with confidence."

Nick Turano, owner of Armaclad and Blue Mountain Cookery, owns land in the park, the FCADC is building a 18,200-square-foot building to be leased by a light industrial company, an additional lot is being developed for light industrial work and one lot is under contract, Hockenberry said.

"We anticipate a lot as far as new construction in the next six to nine months," she said.

"We're going to see Wharf Road Industrial Park be the tenant of anywhere from 500 to 1,000 jobs, quite possibly by the end of this calendar year," Punt said.

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