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Cinetic Landis finds room to grow in Washington County

Ribbon cutting held at new Halfway Boulevard facility

Ribbon cutting held at new Halfway Boulevard facility

October 28, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

Officials from Cinetic Landis Corp., an international manufacturer of precision grinding equipment that is used to make everything from NASCAR engines to diesel locomotives, unveiled a 108,700-square-foot facility on Monday near the intersection of Halfway Boulevard and Hopewell Road.

Daniel Pheil, CEO of Cinetic Landis Corp., said the state-of-the-art plant, which formerly operated in Waynesboro, Pa., brought about 180 jobs to Washington County when it opened in July.

The company held its official ribbon cutting Monday.

Pheil said Cinetic Landis Corp. intends to hire additional employees when 20 percent of the company's work force retires in a few more years.

"The vast majority of those jobs will be filled by people from this area," Pheil said.

Those positions include engineers, he said.

Pheil said company officials have been working with representatives from Hagerstown Community College to create a curriculum that will prepare local residents to work at the facility. Some of the parts that the company produces, he said, are as small as 1/100th the thickness of a human hair.

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The plant was built on two stories to reduce the size of its environmental footprint, said Frederic Sanchez, chairman of the Executive Board of Fives Group, the parent company of Cinetic Landis Corp.

In addition, the new facility will use less electricity, natural gas, and water and sewer than the one in Waynesboro, he said.

"We will be part of the Washington County economy for many years," Sanchez said. "... This modern, new facility will position Cinetic Landis among the global leaders in manufacturing efficiency and product quality."

Mike Rock, human resources director for Cinetic Landis Corp., said the plant added six workers after the company moved to Washington County.

"We anticipate growth," he said.

Rock said the plant is hiring in the engineering and field service departments.

Washington County Commissioners James F. Kercheval and Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, were among about 100 people who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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