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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | December 18, 2010
The Macy's distribution center planned near Martinsburg, W.Va., will have an impact well beyond state lines, a Franklin County, Pa., economic development leader said last week. "This is good for our valley, and we're developing a regional economy," said L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp. "We all benefit from a project like this. " Although the center could strain other employers looking for warehouse workers, it'll create a need for things such as construction, janitorial services and office supplies from across the region, Ross said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | December 18, 2010
Project Olympus appears to be a fitting code name for the $150 million investment that Macy's announced last week it will make in Berkeley County. Describing the project last week as a "game changer," Stephen Christian, executive director of the Berkeley County Development Authority, said the project could singlehandedly pull Berkeley County out of recession. "It's not just the 1,200 new jobs. Everything from local retail sales, all the way up to the housing market should see the benefit of this project," Christian said in formally announcing that Macy's search for land to build a 1.3-million-square-foot distribution center had ended near Martinsburg.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | November 11, 2012
A former Hagerstown man is returning to his roots, and he's bringing his growing business with him. Bustin Industries, a New York-based longboard skateboard company, recently announced plans to expand and locate its warehousing and distribution center in downtown Hagerstown, according to company founder Ryan Daughtridge. Daughtridge said in a news release last week that the company has signed a lease-to-purchase agreement on the former Maidstone Furniture building at 117 Summit Ave. and will be moving its distribution operations there this month.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | December 16, 2010
Macy's Inc. stands to receive a tax break worth between $10 million and $11 million if the department store giant follows through with its plan to build a $150 million distribution center in Berkeley County, officials said Thursday. The Berkeley County Commission Thursday approved an agreement that delays Macy's obligation to pay taxes in full until after a Payment In Lieu of Taxes agreement - worth $11.25 million to the county - expires in 2028. Macy's said it needs the distribution center to meet growing Internet sales in the eastern United States.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | July 20, 2011
After sharing details of their counties' economic successes Wednesday, officials from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia listened to a description of "Project Olympus. " That was the code name for the $150 million, 1.3-million-square-foot Macy's distribution center that will be built in Cumbo Yard Industrial Park off W.Va. 9 in Berkeley County, W.Va. The center, which will serve Macys.com and Bloomingdales.com, is expected to bring about 1,200 full-time jobs and another 700 jobs during peak periods.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | November 6, 2003
julieg@herald-mail.com The Home Depot Inc. is exploring whether to open a distribution center in the Hagerstown area, a company spokeswoman said Wednesday. Home Depot has advertised for help wanted in The Herald-Mail newspapers because its subsidiary, Your Other Warehouse, is opening a 450,000-square-foot warehouse in Hagerstown. Home Depot spokeswoman Karen Haggerty would not say which subsidiary would be in the distribution center. Your Other Warehouse is a premiere plumbing distributor, she said.
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August 24, 1999
The Washington County Commissioners Tuesday attended a groundbreaking ceremony for a business scheduled to open in late December. Construction on the 12,500-square-foot Covenco distribution center began about one month ago, said Richard McCleary, owner of McCleary and Earley of Williamsport, the contractor building the center. Covenco is a Middletown, Pa.-based vending and cafeteria company. The facility will be at Huyett's Business Park off Md. 63 west of Hagerstown. The business will create about 20 jobs, paying in the $10 to $12 an hour range, said Andy Calhoun, vice president of purchasing for Covenco.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | October 21, 2002
julieg@herald-mail.com After delaying the project for about a year, Lenox Inc. is moving forward with building a distribution center near Halfway, a Lenox official said Friday. The distribution center will create 70 new jobs, 50 fewer than the 120 new jobs Lenox had been touting when it originally announced the project, said spokesman Phil Lynch with Lenox's parent company, Brown-Forman. Lenox delayed construction of the approximately $25 million distribution center on Hunters Green Parkway after the company, which manufactures china, crystal giftware and flatware, was hit hard by the economic consequences of the Sept.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | June 13, 2012
One of the largest beauty retailers in the United States unveiled its new 373,000-square-foot Chambersburg distribution center at a grand opening ceremony on Wednesday. Ulta Beauty began hiring employees in late December for the Chambersburg distribution center, which is near Interstate 81 at 95 Kriner Road. Jim Scarfone, senior vice president of human resources for Ulta Beauty, said the company has hired nearly 190 local workers with another 200 to be hired in the next two to three years.
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by DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ | August 15, 2005
daniels@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - As many as 150 workers could be employed at the former Lowe's distribution center at 914 S. Burhans Blvd. in Hagerstown by early 2006 as Texas-based Builders FirstSource ramps up production of its residential building product lines at the site, a company official said Thursday. Douglas Schweinhart, president of the company's Atlantic Group division in Frederick, Md., said a crew of about 30 workers began manufacturing wall panels at the site about two months ago, but the company delayed the announcement because of a pending public stock offering.
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August 26, 2013
PetSmart presented a check for $10,000 to Star Community on Monday as part of a new initiative that empowers the company's district managers and distribution centers to award up to $5,000 to nonprofit groups that enrich peoples' lives through pets, according to a Star Community news release. The $10,000 donation came from the local PetSmart distribution center on Hunters Green Parkway, as well as from 23 PetSmart stores and 100 associates in Western and northern Maryland, said Charlie Keller, operations manager for the local distribution center.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 18, 2013
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.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | June 11, 2013
Norfolk Southern celebrated its new, $97 million rail-truck project Tuesday with a dedication ceremony and a new name for the facility. Norfolk Southern officials cut the ribbon on the new Franklin County Regional Intermodal Facility at 612 Antrim Commons Drive in Greencastle during the ceremony. “This terminal really is one of the landmark economic development projects that has taken place in Franklin County in my (27-year) tenure,” said L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp.
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April 7, 2013
The recent sight of heavy construction machinery on farmland once considered for a truck distribution center north of Hagerstown is not a sign that a project is in the works, according to Brad Fulton, president of 2003 Mason Dixon LLC, which purchased the 172-acre farm in 2003. Over the past three weeks, an old farmhouse and another building were demolished on the land off Mason Dixon Road, and at least one resident contacted The Herald-Mail to say he feared it was a sign that a truck distribution center project was moving ahead.
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By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | arnoldp@herald-mail.com | March 31, 2013
From a hill, it's like a child's sandbox dream to see the giant earth movers, smaller bulldozers and dump trucks moving earth and rock on the field next to the FedEx Ground package distribution center near Hagerstown. But to the several dozen heavy equipment operators, millwrights, electricians, iron workers, plumbers, and data and security installation workers who have started building FedEx's big expansion, the activity is a dream come true, best summed up in a few words. “It's definitely job security,” said Don Fleagle, 58, who is operating one of the two mammoth pans - huge rubber-tired machines that Chambersburg, Pa.-based contractor David H. Martin Excavating Inc. is using to scrape, fill and flatten fields as part of the FedEx project.
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BY KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | December 22, 2012
Chances are that those presents under your Christmas tree traveled a long way to get there. And chances are, whether they came from a local retailer or were bought online, they passed through a “hub” and a distribution center at a shipping company such as FedEx or UPS or a sorting center at a local post office. The warehouses where these shippers operate tend to be busy places this time of the year with thousands of packages swiftly passing through the buildings en route to their destinations.
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By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | arnoldp@herald-mail.com | December 9, 2012
Two large transportation companies are expanding their Washington County operations, giving the local economy new signs of strength after years of recession. FedEx Ground is going to begin building a major addition to its package distribution center near Hagerstown soon as part of a nationwide network expansion “to boost daily package volume capacity and further enhance the speed and service capabilities of the FedEx Ground network,” the company said in a statement Friday. With business increasing, the company is going to expand its current 380,000-square-foot center off Newgate Boulevard in the Hopewell area near Valley Mall to a total of 590,000 square feet, corporate spokeswoman Erin Truxal said.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | November 11, 2012
A former Hagerstown man is returning to his roots, and he's bringing his growing business with him. Bustin Industries, a New York-based longboard skateboard company, recently announced plans to expand and locate its warehousing and distribution center in downtown Hagerstown, according to company founder Ryan Daughtridge. Daughtridge said in a news release last week that the company has signed a lease-to-purchase agreement on the former Maidstone Furniture building at 117 Summit Ave. and will be moving its distribution operations there this month.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | July 18, 2012
Eric Thomas' hour-and-a-half commute to work from Berkeley County to College Park, Md., is over thanks to the opening of the Macy's new online fulfillment center near Martinsburg. And not only does the 53-year-old Bunker Hill, W.Va., man now work in his “backyard” as a maintenance supervisor at the 1.3 million-square-foot facility, but his daughter, Kandice, works for Macy's, too, as a financial analyst. “It's a family affair,” Thomas said smiling. Macy's has been a great place to work so far, said Thomas, who was hired March 5 while the building was still under construction.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | June 13, 2012
One of the largest beauty retailers in the United States unveiled its new 373,000-square-foot Chambersburg distribution center at a grand opening ceremony on Wednesday. Ulta Beauty began hiring employees in late December for the Chambersburg distribution center, which is near Interstate 81 at 95 Kriner Road. Jim Scarfone, senior vice president of human resources for Ulta Beauty, said the company has hired nearly 190 local workers with another 200 to be hired in the next two to three years.
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