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Ground broken in Pa. industrial park

September 13, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

ZULLINGER, Pa. - "We showed up a week late for the groundbreaking," L. Michael Ross quipped, looking over his shoulder at heavy equipment already moving dirt at the Wharf Road Industrial Park site of a $1.25 million shell building for the Franklin County (Pa.) Area Development Corp.

Ross, the president of FCADC, joined local, county and state officials Tuesday to celebrate the six-month construction plan for the 18,200-square-foot building designed to be sold or leased to a manufacturing or industrial business relocating to or expanding in Franklin County.

"We believe there's a demand for industrial space in the county, especially the southern end," Ross said.

The FCADC has received several inquiries about the 5.9-acre site, and Ross feels the construction will spur other lot owners to start building on their own land.

Four lots remain available for purchase in the 12-lot industrial park in Zullinger, said MaryBeth Hockenberry, administrator for Waynesboro (Pa.) Industrial Development Corp.

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"If you drive up and down Zane Miller Drive (soon), you are going to see a lot of sold signs," Ross said.

State Rep. Patrick E. Fleagle, R-Franklin, congratulated the local and county industrial development corporations for having foresight in adding the structure to the park, which is a few miles west of Waynesboro.

"No longer can we wait two years to bring somebody in and build," Fleagle said. He also thanked them and Washington Township, Pa., officials for concentrating the industrial development in the park.

"You're not taking someone's cornfield," Fleagle said. "I think our quality of life will be (positively) affected by this."

The FCADC already constructed a shell building at the industrial park, which is now the home of CAM Superline Inc. The FCADC has built two other shells in the county and already is looking at other sites, Ross said.

"We're trying to attract an employer who is going to create jobs," he said.

The newest shell building in Wharf Road Industrial Park is financed by Hagerstown Trust. Lehman Construction Services Inc. is the general contractor.

In 1999, state Sen. Terry Punt, R-Franklin, secured a $900,000 grant to finance infrastructure on the former Bromley orchard, launching the creation of the industrial park.

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