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Letterkenny board OKs option deal for trailer maker's possible expansion

July 08, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The board of directors of the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority on Monday approved an option agreement for the Franklin County Area Development Corp. to purchase 6.1 acres for possible expansion of a trailer manufacturer.

The FCADC will have three years to exercise its option to purchase the land for $275,000, LIDA Executive Director John Van Horn said. It is adjacent to a parcel of approximately the same size on which FCADC is building a manufacturing facility that will be leased to Tilman Dump Trailers.

Tilman is leasing a 20,000-square-foot building in the Cumberland Valley Business Park, which is owned by LIDA. FCADC is spending $2.1 million on a 35,000-square-foot building in the business park that is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 31, FCADC President L. Michael Ross said.

"The intent right now is to use the land to support future expansion of Tilman Trailers," Ross said. That expansion could take place by 2011, he said.

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Even if Tilman does not expand that quickly, Ross said the FCADC would still build "some kind of industrial spec building there by 2011."

"Anytime we can support manufacturing in this area, we will," Ross said.

Franklin County has become home to a number of other utility and dump trailer manufacturers in recent years, including E Z Dumper, CAM Superline, Bri-Mar Manufacturing and Foster Rescue Trailers, Ross said in April when ground was broken for the Tilman building.

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