Most of former Pangborn building reduced to rubble

December 07, 2010
  • Jack Merrbaugh maneuvers his crane Wednesday during demolition of the former Pangborn Corp. building on Pangborn Boulevard in Hagerstown.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, staff photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Behind its last remaining wall, the former Pangborn Corp. building on Pangborn Boulevard in Hagerstown has been reduced to rubble.

But the contractor responsible for demolishing the building said the project will take until at least summer to complete.

“There is still a lot of work to be done,” said Joel Merrbaugh, owner of Allegany Wrecking & Salvage in Hagerstown.

Allegany Wrecking & Salvage was contracted to demolish the building, which is owned by the Pangborn Corp., he said.

Freezing temperatures and snow could delay demolition even further if this winter proves to be harsh, Merrbaugh said.

However, his goal is to complete the project by the middle of summer, he said.

At least three-fourths of the demolition work is done, he said.

What remains are the basement walls and foundation, which will take some time to remove, he said.

Once removed, the basement will need to be backfilled, he said.

In 2007, Pangborn announced it would relocate its corporate headquarters from Hagerstown to Fairburn, Ga.

At the time, the company employed about 50 people at the Hagerstown plant, and the company planned to retain a small office of about 10 engineers who would continue working in Hagerstown until they quit or retired, company officials said.


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