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Company to bring 75 jobs to W.Va.

May 17, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A federal contractor immediately will begin hiring 75 full-time employees to provide support services to the United States Postal Service at the former GM plant near Martinsburg, the Berkeley County Development Authority announced Tuesday.

Hollingsworth Logistics Corp. leased more than 300,000 square feet of what is now known as the Shockey Commerce Center to fulfill a contract it was awarded to provide equipment management, maintenance storage and re-deployment services to USPS, according to a news release from Development Authority executive director Stephen Christian.

“We are very happy to have Hollingsworth Logistics added to the business community here in Berkeley County,” Christian said in the news release.

“The company looked at many location options along the I-81 corridor, and after several months of analysis and negotiations, decided Martinsburg was the best solution for their success,” he said.

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Starting pay for equipment processors will be about $12 per hour, with higher pay for advanced positions and management, according to the news release. Workers also will receive a benefits package, and the development authority said the company might employ more than 100 people at “peak” times of the year.

“Our company found everything we needed and more,” Chris McIntosh of Hollingsworth said in the release. “After an extensive search, we concluded that Berkeley County was the clear choice for this new facility. We are looking forward to a successful and rewarding operation here. The support we have received from the folks at Shockey, the Development Authority and the team at WorkForce West Virginia made our decision easy,” he said.

The Shockey Commerce Center’s more than 1.9 million square feet of warehouse space is currently occupied by Quad Graphics, Rubbermaid and Royce, according to the Development Authority.

“Now that this building is full, all the other buildings in the county become more attractive to new users, and it pushes the market for construction of new buildings,” Christian said in the release.

“I love to see new buildings being built,” he said.

Persons interested in applying for the jobs must contact the WorkForce West Virginia offices at 304-267-0065. Screening for interviews will begin as early as next week, according to the Development Authority, according to the release.
— Matthew Umstead

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