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Manufacturing businesses continue to be backbone of Franklin Co

August 30, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - With manufacturing technology consumption up 23.9 percent over last year nationally, local businesses like Cinetic Landis Grinding Corp. and Teledyne Landis Machine continue to be the backbone of the economy in Franklin County, Pa., the president of Franklin County Area Development Corp. said.

"Overall, manufacturing in the county has been very strong over the past 18 months," L. Michael Ross said, naming regional businesses like Manitowoc Crane Group, Johnson Controls (the new owners of Frick Co. in Waynesboro), TB Wood's Inc., Rebuilders Unlimited, Jerr-Dan Corp., Mack Trucks and JLG Industries Inc.

"They are all very strong right now," Ross said.

U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $322.68 million in June, which was down slightly from the previous month, according to a report by two trade associations. June 2006 saw a 26.7 percent increase in consumption over June 2005, the Association for Manufacturing Technology and American Machine Tool Distributors' Association said.

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Increased ordering comes from a number of factors like global demand and improvements in the economy, American Machine Tool Distributors' Association President John J. Healy said.

When manufacturing businesses are profitable, they spend more on the tools and parts that make the machines run, Healy said. The machines function better with new components, he said.

"America is in the process of rebuilding their manufacturing abilities," Healy said.

New equipment, especially computerized boards, is highlighted as businesses recruit trained personnel, Healy said.

Franklin County employed 10,400 people in manufacturing in May 2006, an increase of 300 from the same month in 2005, according to data provided by Ross.

Cinetic Landis Grinding Corp., part of the Groupe Fives-Lille of France, is the former Landis Grinding Systems on East Sixth Street in Waynesboro. Teledyne Landis Machine, a subsidiary of Teledyne Inc. of Delaware, is the former Landis Machine Co. at 360 S. Church St. in Waynesboro.

Both declined to comment for this story.

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