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by RICHARD F. BELISLE | June 18, 2003
waynesboro@herald-mail.com John L. Grove, the founder of two major manufacturing companies in Franklin and Fulton counties and a philanthropist, died Monday. Grove, 82, died at his home at 171 Apple Drive on Monday night after a long illness. His wife of 60 years, Cora I. Wagner Grove, is among his survivors. Grove, his brother, Dwight Grove who died in 2000, and Wayne Nicarry of Chambersburg, Pa., in 1946 started what became Grove Worldwide, at one time Franklin County's largest employer with more than 2,000 workers.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | December 14, 2009
MCCONNELLSBURG, PA. -- Oshkosh Corp.'s latest contract with the U.S. Army for bomb-resistant military trucks will extend production of the vehicles into May 2010, the corporation recently announced in a news release. An additional 400 MRAP all-terrain vehicles (M-ATVs) adds $175 million onto military orders, which now total $3.3 billion for 6,619 M-ATVs, the news release stated. Oshkosh Corp. produces M-ATVs in a Wisconsin plant and at the JLG plant in Fulton County, Pa. Oshkosh Corp.
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by JENNIFER FITCH | August 30, 2006
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - With manufacturing technology consumption up 23.9 percent over last year nationally, local businesses like Cinetic Landis Grinding Corp. and Teledyne Landis Machine continue to be the backbone of the economy in Franklin County, Pa., the president of Franklin County Area Development Corp. said. "Overall, manufacturing in the county has been very strong over the past 18 months," L. Michael Ross said, naming regional businesses like Manitowoc Crane Group, Johnson Controls (the new owners of Frick Co. in Waynesboro)
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By DON AINES | September 7, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Wearing a tuxedo and hairpiece that looked borrowed from a bad Las Vegas lounge singer, L. Michael Ross squeezed his way through the crowd Thursday night at The Orchards looking for contestants for the game show "Are You Smarter Than a Fair Goer?" "We went to the Franklin County Fair a few weeks ago to interview real people about what they know about Franklin County ... and they did not disappoint me," Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | April 24, 1999
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Franklin County's industrial base took another hit when the owners of C-Lane Inc., makers of prefabricated commercial buildings, announced last month that they were closing the plant. Doris Pittman, who with her husband, Robert, opened the plant in 1991, said Friday the plant is closing so the couple can retire. The plant, at 501 S. Cedar Lane, employed about 40 workers. In its busiest years employment was double that, Pittman said. Michael Ross, director of the Franklin County Area Development Authority in Chambersburg, Pa., said Friday that while the loss of the plant is significant, it does not mean that there are problems with the county's industrial base.
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by JENNIFER FITCH | September 13, 2006
ZULLINGER, Pa. - "We showed up a week late for the groundbreaking," L. Michael Ross quipped, looking over his shoulder at heavy equipment already moving dirt at the Wharf Road Industrial Park site of a $1.25 million shell building for the Franklin County (Pa.) Area Development Corp. Ross, the president of FCADC, joined local, county and state officials Tuesday to celebrate the six-month construction plan for the 18,200-square-foot building designed to be sold or leased to a manufacturing or industrial business relocating to or expanding in Franklin County.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | August 20, 2013
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.
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May 29, 2010
The following were issued final decrees of divorce in April Joseph Lee Keller vs. Jennifer Lynn Keller Paul E. Shuster vs. Arleen G. Shuster Donald Wayne Newlin vs. Wendy Sue Newlin Teresa Lynn Powell vs. Steven Anthony Powell Wanda Koontz vs. Ronald E. Koontz Cynthia K. Jordan vs. Joshua Jordan Nakie A. Harris vs. Nikki T. Harris Michael G. Capone vs. Kimberly Ann Capone Daniel Lee Reed Jr. vs. Charlene Reed...
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by DON AINES | July 24, 2003
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Borough Council on Tuesday authorized an agreement with the owners of a large tract of land in the borough's north end that could open the way for an extension of Norland Avenue to Walker Road and the development of more than 290 acres. The $3 million for a road through the Gabler tract includes $2.4 million in federal transportation funds administered through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and is contingent on the borough providing a local match of $600,000, according to the agreement.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro | June 17, 1999
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority's first tenant closed its doors earlier this week at a cost of 140 jobs, L. Michael Ross, Franklin County's industrial development chief, said Wednesday. Ross said the company received more than $500,000 in state and local loans and grants as an incentive to move to the Cumberland Valley Business Park at Letterkenny Army Depot two years ago. He said he "is not optimistic" that money can be recovered. Most Excelsior employees were garment workers who lost jobs when the J. Schoeneman Co. plant in Chambersburg closed in 1997, Ross said.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | August 20, 2013
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.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | December 11, 2012
A committee is forming to develop the framework necessary for Waynesboro-area government entities to adopt a tax abatement program designed to spur economic growth. Representatives of the Borough of Waynesboro, Washington Township and the Waynesboro Area School District will be a part of the committee that will work on a Local Economic Revitalization Tax Abatement, or LERTA, program. If a LERTA program is put in place locally, eligible industrial or commercial property owners could receive tax savings for a period of time after making improvements to their properties.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | November 15, 2012
While the financial state of the nation seems to be mired in a quagmire of doom and gloom, the economic future of Franklin County is sound and getting brighter, said the president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp. Speaking to hundreds of business leaders at the Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Partnership Breakfast at Whitetail Golf Resort last week, L. Michael Ross said the community has many reasons to be optimistic about the future of Franklin County. “I'm happy to talk about this because every time we watch TV everybody wants to tell us how bad we are. The fact is that I think we need to be aware of some of the things taking place (here)
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | March 10, 2011
Letterkenny Army Depot sustained Franklin County's economy when other top manufacturers were suffering the effects of the recession, Franklin County Area Development Corp. President L. Michael Ross said Thursday. "Our major guys really struggled in 2009 — the end of 2008 and all of 2009," Ross said at FCADC's annual membership meeting, held over breakfast at The Lighthouse Restaurant on U.S. 11. Franklin County's unemployment rate peaked at 9.1 percent, its highest level since 1984, Ross told a crowd of nearly 100. He said that would've been different if not for Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg.
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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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May 29, 2010
The following were issued final decrees of divorce in April Joseph Lee Keller vs. Jennifer Lynn Keller Paul E. Shuster vs. Arleen G. Shuster Donald Wayne Newlin vs. Wendy Sue Newlin Teresa Lynn Powell vs. Steven Anthony Powell Wanda Koontz vs. Ronald E. Koontz Cynthia K. Jordan vs. Joshua Jordan Nakie A. Harris vs. Nikki T. Harris Michael G. Capone vs. Kimberly Ann Capone Daniel Lee Reed Jr. vs. Charlene Reed...
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By JENNIFER FITCH | December 14, 2009
MCCONNELLSBURG, PA. -- Oshkosh Corp.'s latest contract with the U.S. Army for bomb-resistant military trucks will extend production of the vehicles into May 2010, the corporation recently announced in a news release. An additional 400 MRAP all-terrain vehicles (M-ATVs) adds $175 million onto military orders, which now total $3.3 billion for 6,619 M-ATVs, the news release stated. Oshkosh Corp. produces M-ATVs in a Wisconsin plant and at the JLG plant in Fulton County, Pa. Oshkosh Corp.
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By DON AINES | September 7, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Wearing a tuxedo and hairpiece that looked borrowed from a bad Las Vegas lounge singer, L. Michael Ross squeezed his way through the crowd Thursday night at The Orchards looking for contestants for the game show "Are You Smarter Than a Fair Goer?" "We went to the Franklin County Fair a few weeks ago to interview real people about what they know about Franklin County ... and they did not disappoint me," Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp.
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by JENNIFER FITCH | September 13, 2006
ZULLINGER, Pa. - "We showed up a week late for the groundbreaking," L. Michael Ross quipped, looking over his shoulder at heavy equipment already moving dirt at the Wharf Road Industrial Park site of a $1.25 million shell building for the Franklin County (Pa.) Area Development Corp. Ross, the president of FCADC, joined local, county and state officials Tuesday to celebrate the six-month construction plan for the 18,200-square-foot building designed to be sold or leased to a manufacturing or industrial business relocating to or expanding in Franklin County.
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by JENNIFER FITCH | August 30, 2006
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - With manufacturing technology consumption up 23.9 percent over last year nationally, local businesses like Cinetic Landis Grinding Corp. and Teledyne Landis Machine continue to be the backbone of the economy in Franklin County, Pa., the president of Franklin County Area Development Corp. said. "Overall, manufacturing in the county has been very strong over the past 18 months," L. Michael Ross said, naming regional businesses like Manitowoc Crane Group, Johnson Controls (the new owners of Frick Co. in Waynesboro)
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