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Governor Wolf Announces Expansion of Eldorado Stone, LLC in Franklin County

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Eldorado Stone, LLC, a Headwaters Company that manufactures architectural stone veneer, will consolidate its Greencastle-based manufacturing facility and Hagerstown, Maryland-based distribution facility into a new dual-purpose site in Franklin County. The move will create 57 new jobs over the next three years.“Eldorado Stone’s decision to consolidate a Maryland facility with a Pennsylvania facility, creating one new facility and new jobs in Pennsylvania is great news and is illustrative of the commonwealth’s welcoming environment for businesses,” said Governor Wolf. “I am proud that Eldorado Stone saw the benefits that Pennsylvania provides and has chosen to increase capacity, expand jobs, and further grow its markets from a site within the commonwealth.”In an effort to streamline costs and improve efficiency, Eldorado Stone will lease a 432,000-square-foot, build-to-suit manufacturing and distribution facility on 25.4 acres in the Antrim Commons Business Park, Antrim Township. The company plans to invest $6,880,000 in the project, including the leasehold and upgrades to equipment and processes. Eldorado Stone has committed to the creation of 57 new, full-time jobs over the next three years, and to the retention of 243 existing employees.“We at Eldorado Stone are grateful to the community and state for such an opportunity. By consolidating our operation, we will provide improved service to our customers. The move will allow us not only to service our customers better by improving our capacity, but will also provide an improved working environment for our colleagues. The flow of our manufacturing and warehousing operations will vastly improve in the areas of safety, ergonomics, and flow. These improvements will enable us to increase our capacity and shorten lead times for our customer,” said Eldorado Stone Plant Manager Frank Guthrie. “By staying in Franklin County, we are able to retain our skilled workforce and provide a superior product for our customers, so this opportunity is a win-win for all parties.”Eldorado Stone received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $250,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant and $114,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs. The company has also been encouraged to apply for a $400,000 in low-interest loans from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Franklin County Area Development Corporation (FCADC) and the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce.“The decision of Eldorado Stone, LLC to consolidate and expand its Franklin County presence is significant for several very important reasons. It ensures the retention of 243 employees while conservatively projecting the creation of 57 new, family-sustaining jobs. The construction of a 432,000-square-foot building in the Antrim Commons Business Park stands to be a catalyst for the continued development of what is arguably one of the premier business locations on the I-81 corridor,” said FCADC president Mike Ross. “Moreover, the company’s decision to maintain operations in Franklin County is reflective of Pennsylvania’s competitive business climate.”“To say the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce is delighted that Eldorado Stone is not only staying in Greencastle, but also expanding its operations might qualify for the understatement of the year,” said Georgina Cranston, Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce executive director. “Frank Guthrie and his team at Eldorado Stone are exactly the kind of company the Greencastle-Antrim community covets: a leader in its field, committed to the community, and here for the long term. It’s great that the state of Pennsylvania and all the parties involved worked together to make this happen, and the Chamber looks forward to working with Eldorado Stone every step of the way.”Established in 1969, Eldorado Stone, LLC is a leading manufacturer of architectural stone veneer with a reputation for high quality products and outstanding customer service. Over the past 45 years, the company has expanded its product line to include brick veneer, fireplace surrounds, and outdoor living solutions. Eldorado Stone currently operates manufacturing facilities in several states with regional distribution centers across the country.For more information on Eldorado Stone, visit www.eldoradostone.com.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Wolf Announces Expansion of Eldorado Stone, LLC in Franklin Countycenter_img September 29, 2016last_img read more

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Navy pilot mourned

first_imgPHOTO GALLERY: USN MemorialWhen Laura Berwager Mankey’s future mother-in-law wanted to learn more about the woman her son was planning to marry, she went straight to the top – to her commanding officer in the Navy. “She was a warrior, but she never forgot that she was a lady,” Geri Mankey said, recalling the commanding officer’s words as she addressed about 200 mourners Saturday at a memorial service for the 26-year-old Navy pilot killed in a training mission off the coast of San Diego. “How many mothers-in-law can say their daughter-in-law is actually perfect? … Laura continues to live with me every day, reminding me always to be more of a lady and more of a warrior, to do everything with more enthusiasm, more courage and selflessness and love.” Lt. j.g. Mankey was killed Jan.26 along with three other sailors when their MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter crashed into the Pacific Ocean during a routine training flight near San Clemente Island. The cause is under investigation. Mankey was born Laura Jean Berwager in Canoga Park and grew up in West Hills. She was a gregarious kid who spent 13 years in Girl Scouts and was voted Miss Popularity at Canoga Park High School, who joined the Navy to fulfill her dreams of flight but still baked cookies for her fellow officers. Gina Gerber recalled her sister’s hair, which she would style when they were younger. “As an adult, she loved helmet hair,” she said. “It would have shown that she had flown.” Laura also was deeply spiritual. Whenever she transferred to a new town, one of the first things she did was look for a local church, said the Rev. Eric Thomas, who recalled meeting Laura when she was just 5days old. “Holding her here and praying to God that she would follow the right path, I believed from that fateful day that Jesus preceded her,” said Thomas of Christ Community Church in Winnetka, where the service was held. Laura’s husband, Navy Lt. Jeff Mankey, cried but also laughed Saturday as he recalled his wife’s sunny disposition. Not even a rainstorm could ruin the good times during the couple’s recent Fourth of July picnic. “Oh my gosh, we could have a picnic on the living room floor,” he said, recalling his wife’s reaction when the day’s sun turned into a downpour. “She was willing to try anything.” Though their assignments often separated them, their hearts were never far apart. “We fell asleep on the phone, then (would) wake up and still be connected,” Mankey said. Brother Gene Berwager called his sister a friend and his hero. “Laura was really an achiever,” he said. “She achieved everything that she set out to do. Everything that she did in life was for the good of others.” At her wedding, Gene Berwager recalled dropping his tough older-brother persona to dance with his sister. “Did you know that you’re holding me?” he recalled asking her the moment they hit the dance floor. “You never held me before.” The siblings did manage to make up for lapsed hugs, and Gene offered advice for others. “Make sure you give ’em hugs,” he said. “You never know if it is going to be your last one.” eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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