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Procter & Gamble warehouse in Franklin County, Pa. expected to bring nearly 1,000 jobs to area

July 18, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — A $93 million Procter & Gamble warehouse being developed in Franklin County, Pa., is expected to bring nearly 1,000 jobs to the region, the company announced Thursday.

The consumer goods powerhouse said it will use a new 1.7 million-square-foot distribution center to serve its Northeast retailers.

“Shippensburg is a perfect location,” said Jeff LaRoy, a spokesman for P&G.

P&G will lease the facility from Liberty Property Trust, a real estate investment business based in Malvern, Pa. It has holdings in the Lehigh Valley, central Pennsylvania and Hagerstown.

“We love central Pennsylvania because it is a terrific distribution market,” said Jeanne Leonard, who works in investor relations for Liberty Property Trust.

Construction is already under way at the 183-acre site at 9300 Olde Scotland Road. Leonard said the distribution center is expected to open in July 2014.

Southampton Township Supervisor Samuel Cressler said the site was being marketed before the economy soured.

“I was so excited these folks could get something like this into the county,” he said.

The P&G center could create a ripple effect for new homes and secondary jobs, Cressler said.

“These folks are going to need services — stores, shops and restaurants,” he said.

“The county is clearly growing in terms of population, which provides a great employee base for these companies. We are also in an optimal location for the transportation of goods,” state Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin/Cumberland, said in a news release.

“Today’s announcement is great news for Pennsylvania and Franklin County. Procter & Gamble’s decision to create a new facility in the commonwealth will result in one of the largest job announcements so far in 2013,” Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said in a statement Thursday.

P&G anticipates employing only four to six people related to the distribution center, but a contractor will employ more than 950 people to operate it, LaRoy said.

“We make consumer goods,” he said. “We don’t run warehouses.”

Similar arrangements are in place at P&G’s other 30 distribution centers, LaRoy said.

P&G utilizes rail services like those provided by two intermodal facilities in Franklin County, according to LaRoy.

LaRoy praised the site’s proximity to population centers and major highways.

“It’s well suited for our business needs,” he said.

Leonard said the skilled workforce in the region is also a draw for businesses.

The distribution center will become one of Southampton Township’s top five employers, Cressler said.

Another major economic announcement is anticipated in the municipality next month, he said.

Liberty Property Trust’s holdings include a 600,000-square-foot industrial park called Hunter’s Green on Hopewell Road near Hagerstown. Tenants there are Kellogg’s and U.S. government entities.

Another holding is an 860,000-square-foot building on Kriner Road outside Chambersburg, Pa. That facility is used by Ulta Beauty.

Liberty Property Trust intends to seek U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification for environmental friendly practices, and it took steps to protect and, in some places, expand wetlands on the property, according to Michael Alderman, vice president of leasing and development for Liberty.

Alderman said the area has a powerful combination of supply chain infrastructure, including intermodal facilities, parcel companies and interstate highways that flow efficiently. That is all set among a larger retail area.

“People 500 miles away depend on people in the Hagerstown area, Chambersburg area and Carlisle area to get their daily goods and services,” he said.

The P&G distribution center will feature best practices in building, including extra height for storage efficiencies, and a layout of steel columns designed to enhance safety, Alderman said.

The loading and unloading areas for tractor-trailers will lessen the overall impact on local roads, he said.

“The site has an abundance of trailer parking,” Alderman said.

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Editor's note: This story was edited July 19, 2013, to correct the spelling of Procter & Gamble in the headline and story.

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