Finnish firm eyes Chambersburg-area sites for North American headquarters

September 09, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Finnish company is looking at sites in the Chambersburg area as the possible location of its North American headquarters.

Vacon, a manufacturer of variable speed control systems for industrial motors, is looking at a 12-acre site in the Chambers-5 Business Park and the Cumberland Valley Business Park, said Charles Sioberg of Martin & Martin Inc., a Chambersburg engineering firm. A subdivision and land development plan for the Chambers-5 site was reviewed Monday night by the Chambersburg Borough Council.

Vacon currently rents a facility in Scotland, Pa., once run by TB Woods, Sioberg said.

"The compelling reason to stay in this community is the employees are still there," Sioberg said of Vacon's rented facility.

"It's a significant manufacturing facility" Vacon is planning, Sioberg said. Built in two phases, the first would include 56,000 square feet of office space and 50,000 square feet of warehouse space, he said.


The second phase would add another 50,000 square feet of office space and the same amount of manufacturing space, Sioberg said.

The Chambersburg Area Development Corp. and Franklin County Area Development Corp. are working together to bring Vacon's North American headquarters to the area, said Sioberg, who is also on the board of directors of the CADC. If the Chambers-5 site is chosen, it would be the last lot in the park, which covers more than 300 acres, to be developed, he said.

The CADC and FCADC could also buy a lot in the Cumberland Valley Business Park and build the facility for Vacon to lease, or Vacon could own the facility, he said. The Cumberland Valley Business Park is owned by the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority on land that was once part of Letterkenny Army Depot.

Most of the lot in the Chambers-5 park is actually in Guilford Township, with about one acre in Chambersburg, Sioberg said.

A deal could be made with Vacon within a month, Sioberg said.

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