CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Hirschmann Automation and Control Inc. has had a presence in Chambersburg since the early 1990s with a warehouse, but Tuesday it broke ground on a 35,000-square-foot office and warehouse complex that will become its headquarters for the Americas.
Electronic Control Systems is Hirschmann's biggest division, selling control systems for cranes to companies such as Manitowoc, President Mark Hendel said. Manitowoc also has a presence in Franklin County, having purchased Grove Worldwide a few years ago.
The company's other divisions supply cable connectors and industrial computer networking components to industries, Hendel said.
Hirschmann will lease the building from the Chambersburg Area Development Corp., which is building the $4.4 million structure at 1540 Orchard Drive, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce President David Sciamanna said. The building, within site of Hirschmann's current warehouse, is scheduled to be completed by the contractor, Brechbill and Helman, by late September.
The new building in the Chambers-5 Business Park will hold the current work force of 74 people and have room for expected expansion of the number of employees over the next five years, Hendel said. Sciamanna said the 15,000-square-foot warehouse could eventually be expanded to 50,000 square feet and the 20,000-square-foot office section also can be enlarged, if needed.