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Councilman wants Waynesboro to buy part of Landis Tool

February 07, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Buying part of the former Landis Tool Co. complex and demolishing the erecting floor and office building could provide for a common parking area and small business spaces.

Waynesboro Borough Councilman Ronnie Martin made that proposal to his colleagues Wednesday in appealing for cooperation with the Waynesboro Industrial Development Corp. and Franklin County (Pa.) Area Development Corp.

The entities should work together in talking with Groupe Fives-Lille to buy and/or seek donated portions of the Sixth Street property, which will soon no longer be the home of Cinetic Landis Grinding Corp., Martin said.

That idea had the unanimous consent of the elected board.

Corporate representatives announced last May that they would build a new $10.5 million plant in Washington County and leave Waynesboro.

"I want to get ahead of the curve," Martin said. "I don't want to see another building with busted-out windows."

Martin said he has talked to a Hagerstown company interested in moving to the site and bringing 65 jobs. Officials from the unspecified company have said they could add 10 to 15 more jobs, he said.

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Landis is a global manufacturer of precision grinding systems primarily for the automotive and diesel powertrain industry.

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