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Franklin County development official: Procter and Gamble deal 'a game changer'

August 20, 2013|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — With Procter & Gamble poised to bring thousands of jobs to the area next year and several local companies expanding, the president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp. said Tuesday that the county is positioned for growth.

Speaking at a Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce breakfast at Green Grove Gardens, L. Michael Ross said there is a lot on the horizon for the county.

“I think we’re in a great place at a great time,” Ross told hundreds of business leaders assembled for the event.

“Franklin County is as well positioned for growth as any county not only in Pennsylvania, but in the northeastern United States,” he said.

Interstate 81 is the most heavily traveled interstate, with the exception of Interstate 95, east of the Mississippi River, Ross said.

“This is the corridor everyone wants to look at from Tennessee to New York,” he said.

Ross said there are 1,500 to 2,000 acres of land available for development at Exit 3 in Greencastle; Exit 14 in Chambersburg, Pa.; and Exit 24 in Shippensburg, Pa.

Procter & Gamble already secured land off Interstate 81 at Exit 24, Ross said.

P&G will open a new 1.8 million-square-foot distribution center in Shippensburg in July 2014.

Ross said the average wage will be between $37,000 and $55,000 a year.

“They are in overdrive. Procter & Gamble wants this facility open in the second quarter of 2014,” he said. “The Procter & Gamble deal is a game changer in every sense of the word.”

To put the size of the center in context, Ross said the World Kitchen facility in Greencastle is 1 million square feet. The P&G distribution center will be almost double that size, Ross said.
 
And one year after Ulta Beauty unveiled its 373,000-square-foot Chambersburg distribution center, Ross said it is expanding.

It has been hiring a person a week, he said.

“Ulta anticipated growing, but it has taken off far better than they expected,” Ross said.

The Target Distribution Center in Chambersburg also is expanding, Ross said.

“There is a lot more on the horizon,” he said.

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