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by RICHARD BELISLE | April 16, 2003
waynesboro@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter gave workers at Letterkenny Army Depot a pat on the back Tuesday morning for their efforts in getting weapons and equipment to the soldiers fighting the war in Iraq. "My hat is off to you," Specter, R-Pa., told the 200 or so assembled workers. Known among depot employees as the old vehicle shop, employees in Building 15 are building the large metal cases, called Joint Biological Point Detection Systems, for the army, said John Gray, the depot's deputy commander and highest ranking civilian employee.
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by DON AINES | June 1, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Letterkenny Army Depot received another accolade from the U.S. Army on Thursday, one that coincided with the depot's second Business Opportunity Showcase that attracted executives from nearly 40 companies looking into doing business at the installation. "This is something you won, the work force at Letterkenny," Gen. Benjamin Griffin told an assembly of a few hundred depot employees and officials as he presented the Army Superior Unit Award, the first ever given to a depot.
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June 26, 1998
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The office of U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster, R-Pa., announced Thursday that $600,000 in funding for water and sewer improvements at Letterkenny Army Depot has been included in a federal appropriations bill. The money would go to the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority and be used to extend water and sewer service to parcels on the depot not served by those utilities, according to Shuster's office. The Army is turning over approximately 1,500 acres of excess property to the authority to develop for civilian use. The land is being turned over to the authority as a result of the 1995 Base Realignment and Closure Commission decision to downsize the depot.
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By STACEY DANZUSO, Chambersburg | February 8, 2001
Letterkenny Army Depot reaches goal CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - About 300 Letterkenny Army Depot employees on Thursday celebrated the five years of work it took to reach their goal of a select quality management certification. continued The effort began in April 1996, when under the direction of Col. James P. Fairall, a small team was formed to investigate how the depot could reduce inspections and cut costs while maintaining quality. After several assessments and a lot of work, the depot is in compliance with the Contractor Performance Certification Program, CP(2)
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by DON AINES | October 13, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - Letterkenny Army Depot needs to protect its facilities in order to protect itself from future defense cuts, one reason Depot Commander Col. Robert A. Swenson says a master plan for the installation's future includes reacquiring land from the Cumberland Valley Business Park. Swenson Thursday reviewed the plan, which recommends moving the headquarters and some other depot functions "inside the fence" to meet Department of Defense force protection and anti-terrorism guidelines.
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By DON AINES | June 7, 1999
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Franklin County trucking company will expand into the Cumberland Valley Business Park after reaching an agreement with the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority. H.C. Gabler Inc. will pay $675,000 for Letterkenny Army Depot's Building 19, a 42,000-square-foot warehouse on four acres along Michigan Avenue. The development authority board also agreed to a two-year $232,000 lease-to-buy agreement on 5.8 acres across the road. G. Bryan Salzmann, an environmental attorney representing the H.C. Gabler, said the paved and fenced parking lot will be used for equipment storage.
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By DON AINES | June 7, 1999
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The acting executive director of the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority had the "acting" removed from his title Monday by the authority's board of directors. John Van Horn, 41, of Chambersburg, was unanimously elected to lead the authority, succeeding Pam Gaudiose, who resigned in March to pursue other business interests. "John, in the minds of the Personnel Committee, has a tremendous grasp of where we want to go with LIDA," said Board Member John Redding, who headed up the selection process.
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by DON AINES | November 22, 2005
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Letterkenny Army Depot's aging ammunition shipping facility will be getting a $6.3 million upgrade, according to an announcement Friday by two members of Pennsylvania's congressional delegation. The money for the Letterkenny Munitions Center was included in the Military Quality of Life Appropriations Act, according to U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., and U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa. "This funding will provide the resources necessary for upgrades and maintenance to a facility that was built in the 1940s," said Shuster, a member of the Armed Services Committee.
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by DON AINES | January 27, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - An agreement was finalized this week between the Army and the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority (LIDA) that will allow future expansion of Letterkenny Army Depot onto 225 acres of land that was to have been turned over to the authority. Joseph Whitaker, the assistant deputy secretary of the Army for Installations and Housing, on Monday signed the agreement, which modifies a 1998 agreement between the Army and LIDA, said Mark Sheffield, depot chief of staff.
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August 27, 1997
By LISA GRAYBEAL Staff Writer, Chambersburg CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The three signatures on a sub-lease agreement between the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority and Excelsior Manufacturing Company mean Debbie Hile will likely keep her job. The new company, a clothing manufacturer, was officially named Letterkenny Opportunity Center's first tenant in a lease-signing ceremony Wednesday morning. "Through the efforts of your organization and all of you, I'm happy to be the beneficiary of the very first lease," said Charles J. Dempsey, general manager of Excelsior.
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