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New England Motor Freight Inc. to relocate in Washington Co.

August 29, 2006|by TARA REILLY

A New Jersey-based trucking carrier plans to relocate from a leased site in Washington County to a planned $13.5 million, 72,000-square-foot terminal in a Halfway business park.

The New England Motor Freight Inc. terminal will be on 40 acres off Newgate Boulevard across from FedEx Ground in the Hunters Green Business Center in Halfway.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission (EDC) announced the move Monday.

Construction is planned to begin in June 2007 and be completed by July 2008.

The company, with headquarters in Elizabeth, N.J., currently leases terminal space on Industrial Lane near Williamsport.

Washington County and the state are providing financial assistance through conditional loans for the project.

The loans - $120,000 from the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and $12,000 from the county - will convert to grants if certain conditions are met, EDC Deputy Director Cassandra H. Latimer said by phone Monday.

The company will have to increase its employment base of 76 full-time workers to 122 by December 2011 as part of the conditions, Latimer said.

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The state Department of Business and Economic Development also will give New England Motor Freight a work-force training grant of as much as $10,000 through the Maryland Industrial Training Program.

The program helps reimburse employers for some work-force development training needed for startup and expanding company operations, according to a written statement from EDC.

New England Motor Freight owns and operates more than 10,000 pieces of equipment and 32 terminals throughout the northeastern and midwestern U.S. It also has terminals in Florida, Puerto Rico and Canada, according to the statement.

Mike Bare, president and CEO of Shevell Group, said Hagerstown is the right location for the business to "effectively service our expanding customer base."

Shevell Group consists of several companies, including New England Motor Freight.

"Geographically, we knew where we had to be ..." Bare said.

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