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More jobs on the horizon in Franklin County

Brazilian-based company is bringing a facility to Chambersburg in the next year

August 21, 2013|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com HM Media
  • L. Michael Ross is president of the Franklin County Area Development Corporation in Chambersburg PA.
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The employment outlook across the nation might be dismal, but the president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp. said there are new jobs on the horizon.

L. Michael Ross said a Brazilian-based company is bringing a facility to Chambersburg in the next year.

“It’s a year out, but TORCOMP will build a 21,000-square-foot facility in the Cumberland Valley Business Park,” Ross said.

TORCOMP expects to hire 80 people for manufacturing jobs within three years, he said.

The company is a “specialist in serving vehicle manufacturers and systemists,” according to its website. It “serves the entire range of client needs in machined parts, and small and midsized assemblies in lots of any quantity,” the site said.

“There is always stuff we’re working on,” Ross said.

Since 2012, the Franklin County Area Development Corp. added 900 jobs to the local economy, he said.
That’s a 1.6 percent growth rate, he said.

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The statewide average growth rate was 0.5 percent.

“We are a very stagnant state for the most part. However, the area that is growing in Pennsylvania is the (Interstate) 81/(Interstate) 78 corridor,” Ross said.

The 15 counties that touch I-81 or I-78 are driving the state’s economy, he said.

“The growth is occurring in southcentral and southeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley, and we are right in the middle of that,” he said.

Franklin County’s unemployment rate is 6.5 percent.

Not only are new businesses moving into the area, but established businesses are growing.

Longtime Chambersburg business Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe Inc. is expanding its operations.

Currently, about 20 of Martin’s sales and office staff members work at the Gibble’s facility off U.S. 11 outside Marion, Pa.

Scott Heintzelman, vice president of finance and administration for Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe Inc. in Chambersburg, said those employees will be relocated to the Chambersburg plant to make operations more efficient.

Martin’s plans to build a new 40,000-square-foot building in Chambersburg to accommodate its employees.

“It’s a consolidation and an expansion,” Heintzelman said.

“Martin’s is a blessed company,” Heintzelman said. “We believe that the Lord has blessed our company.

The recession didn’t really hurt us too much.”

Heintzelman said the company has been shipping potato rolls to some unique locales.

“We actually ship frozen product to Dubai, Kuwait, England and Istanbul, Turkey,” he said. “There are a lot of cool things happening.”

He didn’t know how many jobs the consolidation would create.

“The key is we’re keeping jobs here,” Heintzelman said. “We’re putting our capital into infrastructure into the Franklin County region, and we will continue to better our company. It’s a good company, and a lot of things are happening.”

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