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September 3, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Cargill announced Friday that the company will rebuild its feed mill that was destroyed by a fire on Feb. 12. The mill, known as the Letterkenny Feed Depot, burned to the ground in the early morning hours that day. The rebuilding will include many upgrades to the mill's capabilities, according to a press release from Cargill. "While the physical damage to our Letterkenny mill last winter was severe, the event could not dissuade us from recognizing the tremendous loyalty shown by regional livestock producers for our products since the fire," Rob Sheffer, regional general manager for Cargill Animal Nutrition, said in the release.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | March 15, 2013
With a little more than a month before Letterkenny employees are faced with a furlough that could shorten their work week to four days, the depot is helping workers manage the financial fallout. Individual, personal financial counseling sessions began Monday and will continue through March 22, according to Letterkenny spokeswoman Lindsay Bryant. Letterkenny's 4,000 workers could lose 20 percent of their pay as a result of federal budget cuts commonly known as sequestration, according to a statement released by Letterkenny earlier this month.
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By DON AINES | June 24, 1998
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Area School District has a seat on the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority Board of Directors after School Board President D. Eugene Gayman was appointed Tuesday to fill a vacancy. Gayman, of Chambersburg, was appointed by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday to fill the unexpired term of Stephen K. Rice. The former president of the Whitetail Ski Resort resigned in March when he moved from the county to take another job. Commissioner G. Warren Elliott said the county wanted the school system to have a representative on the 15-member authority board because "they're probably going to have a major stake out there" at the depot.
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by DON AINES | May 14, 2005
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - Friday the 13th was a lucky day for the 2,492 employees at Letterkenny Army Depot as the Department of Defense announced its recommendation to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission not only to spare the depot from closure, but to add hundreds of new civilian jobs. "Not only is Letterkenny OK, but we're going to gain 409 jobs," U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., announced to members of the Opportunity '05 Committee Friday morning.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | May 29, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. -- The $11.6 million complex under construction at Letterkenny Army Depot will make the depot a "one-stop shop for (the) Patriot" surface-to-air missile system, Col. Steven Shapiro said. Shapiro described the planned Missile Monitoring and Certification Buildings as a missile storage and maintenance facility without a comparable facility elsewhere in the country under the U.S. Department of Defense. "This culminates a labor of love since the 2005 BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure)
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By DON AINES | March 20, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Letterkenny Army Depot announced Wednesday that construction soon will begin on an $11.6 million missile complex, a move that will further consolidate missile maintenance at the depot and add about 100 jobs between 2009 and 2011. The contract for the Missile Monitoring and Certification Facility was awarded this week to Lobar Inc. of Dillsburg, Pa., according to a depot statement. Construction off Georgia Avenue near the entrance to the munitions area will begin this spring and is expected to be completed by October 2009.
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by DON AINES | July 7, 2005
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum said Wednesday he hopes the Base Realignment and Closure Commission can be persuaded to bring more than the 409 new jobs the Department of Defense recommends be moved to Letterkenny Army Depot and reverse recommendations to close two other military bases in Pennsylvania. Santorum, R-Pa., joined U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., in a meeting in Chambersburg with members of Opportunity '05, the committee that has orchestrated efforts to support the depot during the latest BRAC round.
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April 6, 1997
By RICHARD F. BELISLE Staff Writer CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Julie Knott and Scott McNew are both 18, attend vo-tech school, are volunteer firefighters and know they want to turn professional. To reach their goals, they enrolled in the protective services curriculum at Franklin County Area Vocational Technical School. Both are finishing up a six-week internship with the Letterkenny Army Depot Fire Department. Internships give students hands-on training in firefighting, police work or emergency medical services, the three careers taught in the curriculum.
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By DON AINES | May 21, 2000
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Waynesboro native who helped oversee the realignment of Letterkenny Army Depot and other installations in the U.S. Army Materiel Command was recently inducted into the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame. Lt. Gen. Dennis L. Benchoff, was deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command when he retired in 1998. He was among 11 people inducted into the hall May 11 during a ceremony at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. "That was a tough thing to do and it affected a lot of people, but it was the right thing to do," Benchoff said Sunday about the Base Realignment and Closure Commission process that reduced the number of depots from 18 in 1988 to five today.
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August 17, 1999
By LARRY MARGASAK / Associated Press Writer photo: ASSOCIATED PRESS CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Tom Cohenour maneuvered his golf cart through a cavernous maintenance building at the Letterkenny Army Depot, past the hulking ghosts of busier days. He glided past the huge structures where the Army's tanks were X-rayed and the turntables where specialists repaired equipment. He passed the machine shop that once manufactured any tank part that couldn't be bought.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | September 8, 2013
The spirit of a Sept. 11, 2001, commemoration Sunday afternoon prompted Betty L. Bitner to make an impromptu decision and place a sentimental possession in a time capsule. Bitner, of Chambersburg, put a coin on top of the items already packed into the time capsule, which will be opened in 2021. She had carried the coin for the past several years since her parents died. The coin has a message on it about God carrying people in difficult times. The concept resonated with Bitner as she reflected on the nearly 3,000 people killed in terrorist attacks 12 years ago. “As I think of this, it's symbolic these people went home to their Lord,” she said.
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August 21, 2013
The United Churches of the Chambersburg Area and its Franklin County Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Park Committee, will conduct a 9/11 memorial service near the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America. The chapel service will be Sunday, Sept. 8, at 3 p.m. at the Letterkenny chapel at Letterkenny Army Depot in  Chambersburg. The guest speakers will be U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and Terry L. Shaffer, retired chief of the Shanksville (Pa.) Volunteer Fire Department.
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August 15, 2013
Letterkenny Army Depot is holding its regularly scheduled Restoration Advisory Board meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Building 14 Public Works Conference Room. Building 14 is at the intersection of Michigan and Overcash avenues. Access to Building 14 does not require driving through the Letterkenny security gate. Updates will be presented on current environmental issues regarding the Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC, program and the Installation Restoration Program.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | July 11, 2013
The first of 11 days without pay through September begins Friday for workers at Franklin County's largest employer, according to a Letterkenny Army Depot official. The furlough begins this week and continues at the rate of one furlough day per week through Sept. 30, which is the end of the current fiscal year, according to depot officials. “Approximately 2,600 civilians and contractors will be affected by the furlough,” Letterkenny spokeswoman Lindsay Bryant wrote in an email Thursday.
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May 28, 2013
Lt. Col. Bryan Fowler will assume command of Letterkenny Munitions Center at 10 a.m. June 6 in a ceremony at Letterkenny Army Depot, making him the first military commander of the Munitions Center. Fowler will replace Ed Averill, who served as the director and will continue working for the Munitions Center as the civilian executive assistant to the commander. Fowler, originally from Atlanta, most recently served as chief of plans and integration in XVIII Airborne Corps' G-4 office at Fort Bragg, N.C. The ceremony will be hosted by Col. Linwood Clark, commander of the Crane (Ind.)
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | April 27, 2013
Workers at Letterkenny Army Depot will see a 22-day work furlough that was expected to begin this week as part of the federal budget sequester reduced by eight days, according to a depot spokeswoman. The United States Department of Defense has reduced the number of furlough days to 14, Letterkenny spokeswoman Lindsay Bryant said. The furlough was expected to begin in April and continue through September, Bryant said. Now, the furlough is slated to begin in mid- to late June, she said.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | April 11, 2013
U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster has introduced legislation he said would stop the wasteful mismanagement of funds while securing work for Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg. Shuster, R-Pa., opposes continued development funding of the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) program. “MEADS is a failure, and we can no longer afford to continue spending millions of dollars on a program that DoD has stated they have no intention of completing,” Shuster said in a news release. While visiting the Chambersburg depot last week, Shuster said he would prefer funding designated for MEADS instead be invested in the Patriot missiles systems developed at Letterkenny.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | April 4, 2013
Letterkenny Army Depot on Thursday celebrated receiving its ninth Shingo medallion for excellence in manufacturing at a time when federal budget cuts are forcing operational changes. “Letterkenny will continue to raise the bar for itself, proving that no matter what obstacles we face, there will be absolutely no depreciation to the value of Letterkenny,” said Col. Victor S. Hagan, the depot's commander. As military spending continues to be reduced, the work at Letterkenny Army Depot will remain exceptional, Hagan said at a ceremony for the prize.
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