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January 12, 2001
Ross may run for Congress By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - L. Michael Ross, executive director of the Franklin County Area Development Corp., said Friday he will decide by early next week whether to add his name to the growing list of candidates seeking the seat of retiring 9th District U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster, R-Pa. Ross, a Republican, said he would not enter the race if State Sen. Terry Punt decides to get into it. Punt, R-Waynesboro, promised to decide early next week.
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August 27, 1997
CAMP HILL, Pa. (AP) - An investment firm headed by former U.S. Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci has agreed to buy military vehicle maker United Defense L.P. for $850 million. The deal, announced Tuesday, would put the joint venture of FMC Corp. and Harsco Corp. in the hands of Carlyle Group, which is based in Washington, D.C., and has other holdings in the defense industry. United Defense was formed in 1994 by FMC, a Chicago-based manufacturer of heavy machinery, and Harsco, an industrial services and products company headquartered near Harrisburg, Pa. A production division of United Defense is located at Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, Pa., where Paladin howitzers, cannon-type weapons used to fire projectiles at relatively high angles, are manufactured.
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By DON AINES | April 22, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The weekend rain left it too muddy for a groundbreaking for the latest utility trailer manufacturer in Franklin County. Tilman Dump Trailers LLC has been operating out of leased space at Cumberland Valley Business Park since late 2006, said Franklin County Area Development Corp. President L. Michael Ross. The FCADC is building a 35,100-square-foot facility on 6.4 acres in the business park for Tilman to occupy and have fully operational by Jan. 1, 2009. The cost to FCADC of buying the land on Opportunity Avenue and constructing the building is $2.4 million, Ross said.
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By DON AINES | November 22, 1999
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Having just completed one expansion, a Franklin County manufacturer has been approved for a low-interest state loan to begin another. Pennsylvania's Small Business First Fund has approved a $200,000 loan at 5 percent interest for Olson & Olson Inc., of 1151 Sheffler Ave., in the Chambers-5 Business Park, according to Franklin County Area Development Corp. Executive Director L. Michael Ross. The loan will go toward a 15,000-square-foot addition to the plant with a total project cost of $643,500.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | April 27, 2010
Franklin and Fulton counties saw improvements to their unemployment rates in March, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Franklin County's seasonally adjusted rate dropped three-tenths of a percentage point to 8.8 percent in March. Fulton County's rate dropped from 13.5 percent in February to 12.6 percent in March. Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was 9 percent in March, while the national rate remained at 9.7 percent. Analysis from the labor department stated Franklin County's rate was up 5.3 percentage points from when the recession started in December 2007.
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BY RICHARD F. BELISLE | May 1, 2002
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The jobs of nearly 250 employees at a Tyco International plant in Waynesboro are not in jeopardy following an announcement last week that the company was closing 24 manufacturing plants at a cost of 7,100 jobs, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday. Maryanne Kane, chief communications officer at Tyco's U.S. headquarters in Exeter, N.H., said Tuesday that none of the 24 plants the company plans to close is in Pennsylvania. Asked how many plants Tyco has in Pennsylvania, Kane said, "dozens.
NEWS
December 16, 2009
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. -- What's bad for Asheville, N.C., is good for south-central Pennsylvania when it comes to the closing of a Volvo plant, according to a Franklin County, Pa., economic development leader. Volvo's plant in Shippensburg will manufacture cabs for motor graders after the North Carolina plant closes next March. Other work will be sent to Sweden and South Korea, the Associated Press reported. Two hundred and twenty-eight people will lose jobs, the AP reported. "If you're on the Asheville end of that decision, you are obviously disappointed, ... but if you're on our end, it has a positive impact," L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | December 10, 2008
WAYNESBORO, PA. -- Although Tyco Electronics announced this week that it will lay off 2,500 employees worldwide, corporate officials would not discuss what - if any - impact will be felt at the Waynesboro plant. The local plant, which employs 230 people, differs from others operated by Tyco Electronics in that it makes the tools later used elsewhere to wire components of computers, appliances, handheld devices and flat-screen televisions. "This has been a productive facility for them," said L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County (Pa.)
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | March 15, 2012
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Franklin County, Pa., dropped 0.2 percent in January to 6.5 percent, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. The rate in neighboring Fulton County, Pa., held steady at 8.9 percent, a dramatic decrease from its high points during the recession. Fulton County reached 16 percent unemployment in February 2009. Labor department data indicates Franklin County gained 100 nonagricultural jobs in January, reaching 57,100 nonfarm jobs in the civilian work force.
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By DANA BROWN | September 9, 2010
GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Two Franklin County businesses and a former county commissioner received special honors Thursday at the Franklin County Area Development Corp. (FCADC) 24th annual Industry Appreciation Dinner at Green Grove Gardens in Greencastle. Whitetail Resort of Mercersburg, Pa., was named Small Business of the Year, which honors businesses that employ less than 100 people; and Target Regional Distribution Center of Marion, Pa., was named Large Business of the Year, which honors businesses with more than 100 employees.
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