Procter & Gamble project will bring nearly 1,000 new jobs to Shippensburg area

2013-07-19T09:45:00Z 2013-07-19T09:59:14Z Procter & Gamble project will bring nearly 1,000 new jobs to Shippensburg areaBy Joseph Cress, The Sentinel The Sentinel
July 19, 2013 9:45 am  • 

SHIPPENSBURG - Procter & Gamble plans to bring nearly 1,000 new jobs to central Pennsylvania next year when it opens a 1.7 million-square-foot distribution center currently under construction near Shippensburg.

Preliminary site work is underway on the facility located on 183 acres at 9300 Olde Scotland Road in Southampton Township, Franklin County, said Michael Alderman, vice president in charge of leasing and development for Liberty Property Trust of Malvern.

The Chester County firm owns the land and is developing the $93 million facility for Procter & Gamble which will then lease it from the trust, Alderman said. Project completion is expected by July 2014.

Once fully operational, the center will employ four to six Procter & Gamble managers and about 950 contracted workers, said spokesman Jeff LeRoy.

Prior to opening, Procter & Gamble will sign a contract with a company that has expertise in running warehouses, LeRoy said. He explained how that company, which has yet to be determined, will run the facility and hire workers.

The combination of easy access to major regional highways, the presence of an advanced rail network and the proximity of the Interstate 81 corridor to major East Coast metropolitan areas made the site attractive to Procter & Gamble, LeRoy said.

“It is ideally situated,” he added. “The largest P&G plant in the world is in Mehoopany, near Scranton. We have a manufacturing plant in Maryland. It is a good location for us. P&G would like to thank the state of Pennsylvania, Franklin County and all local officials who helped make this project happen.”

The Procter & Gamble center was a Governor’s Action Team Project which included a funding offer from the state Department of Community and Economic Development, Gov. Tom Corbett said Thursday. He explained how the consumer products firm was offered a $2 million Pennsylvania First Program Grant to locate near Shippensburg.

The third-party contractor, once named, will be eligible to apply for up to $959,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits with funding contingent on Procter & Gamble and contractor creating at least 963 jobs within three years, Corbett said.

“Pennsylvania’s pro-business environment has continued to create new jobs for Pennsylvanians,” the governor added. “This is the fourth jobs announcement in Franklin County this year; bringing anticipated job creation to over 1,100 new positions.”

The opening of a major distribution center so close to the Cumberland County border will have a ripple effect all along the I-81 corridor from Carlisle southwest to Chambersburg, said Jonathan Bowser, director of economic development for the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation.

“It sends a strong message,” Bowser said. “A lot of the jobs will be filled by Cumberland County residents. These will be stable, well-paying jobs.” He explained how the influx of workers from the Procter & Gamble project, the Volvo plant in Shippensburg and new warehouses in Penn Township could drive demand for more housing and attract supporting businesses such as convenience stores, banks and restaurants to western Cumberland County.

“We have the infrastructure to support that kind of development,” Bowser said. “The western part of the county is in high demand for distribution center type of activity.” He added the local road network gives the county easy access to two-thirds of the U.S. population making it a “sweet spot” for logistic operations.

Already, work at the Procter & Gamble site is generating jobs. Conewago Enterprises of Hanover, the general contractor for the project, estimates about 500 tradesmen will be working on the facility over the course of its construction, Alderman said. He explained how the cooperation of the Southampton Township board of supervisors made this project possible.

When Liberty Property Trust first purchased the 183-acre site, it envisioned two warehouse buildings of about one million square feet each, Alderman said. Representatives of Procter & Gamble approached Liberty Trust with a request to redesign the site to allow for one building of 1.7 million square feet.

The township approved the redesign in April 2013 clearing the way for Procter & Gamble to commit to the project site, Alderman said. “Our customers around the country have validated central Pennsylvania as a desirable location for distribution centers. The communities are wonderful. It is a great place to do business.”

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  1. michael
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    michael - July 25, 2013 6:33 am
    So you have nothing to say except an attack on someone who you don't know, with no knowledge, or any clue at all except we disagree. Oh, by the way, gay is a sin, let's get that out of the way. Oh, and I never said any of the things YOU wrote about me. Thank you for the compliment. No, to quote Jesus, go, and sin no more.
    (the gay thing). And as far as rays attacks, only you two are impressed by wealth and "power". Honest work, and decency is not your strong suit, huh.
  2. michael
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    michael - July 24, 2013 11:52 am
    Oh look, it's my little stalker boy, ramie. You must have come up with enough for a phone card standing over by Target last week. Good for you! Now remember, you have to keep moving around, and maybe use some disguses. The need money to get home thing is kind of "familiar", shall we say. Change it up a little.
  3. Cuff links
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    Cuff links - July 23, 2013 10:27 pm
    Everyone IS lookin, Miguel. You are the great pretender. Might be the dumbest person I've ever read on this website. According to you, you're the most principled, hardworking, ethical, religious, correct, and perfect person to ever walk the earth. But you're none of these things. Your posts show that. Jesus loves you but not too many others do. (I do love you, as Jesus does, but I'm gay)
  4. RaySampsin
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    RaySampsin - July 23, 2013 5:27 pm
    Don't pay much attention to michael. He is the biggest troll on this site, sadly one who is unemployed and really berating himself when he makes fun of the system. (Check out the various lies he's told about his professions and wealth.) It would be a good novel if he could write.
  5. michael
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    michael - July 23, 2013 12:16 pm
    Hey look everyone, a troll pretending to be somebody. Sorry, everyone knows you can't polish keds or turds. Now, go try to get under the skin of someone who thinks you know something, like maybe the crowd up on the benches at the courthouse.
  6. Cuff links
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    Cuff links - July 22, 2013 9:50 pm're a REAL man. Too bad you and Holly "boy" will be shining my shoes after I get done at my desk job. Real work? Like the 300 pound walking heart attacks pushing brooms on the plant floor. Keep kidding yourself. Some of the laziest people I know are blue collar dregs. All talk but the first one out the factory door to go eat in front of Wheel of Fortune.
  7. michael
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    michael - July 22, 2013 2:48 pm
    Wow, when someone offers up a job the screamin' meemies come crying out of the woodwork. Wassa matta boys? Fraid' someone may have to get some dirt under their fingernails and sweat a bit? How harsh! Keep workin' Holly Boy, the whiners and cryers want free milk and cookies whilst sitting at their computers bemoaning real work having to be done. They think shampoo jumps into the cases or is shoved in by elves riding unicorns to work.
  8. pystil
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    pystil - July 21, 2013 9:38 am
    More trucks, more pollution, more congestion on I -81, more accident on I -81, and more low paying jobs. If there was rail links for 'easy access to two-thirds of the U.S. population ' then this would be a worthwhile project but there are not so it is a short sighted tax payer give away.
  9. Richard
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    Richard - July 20, 2013 9:43 pm
    It's a glass half full/half empty situation. Well, maybe American employers stole half a glass from their workers. Temporary workers may be a smart business move, insulating employers in a volatile economy, or it could be creating a permanent wedge of cheaper, benefit-less workers that eventually supplants a big chunk of the full-time workforce. Temporary workers are paid less than full-time workers, and are not likely to receive any benefits and rely on Medicaid and ERs on the taxpayers' dime.
  10. Will Penn
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    Will Penn - July 19, 2013 5:23 pm
    Also agreed. More and more, companies are not employing workers. They're automatically contracting out employment to firms that know how to bully the workers. Eventually, localities will be contracting out their saniation, street works and police departments to private firms. One day, the U.S. Military may be contracted out. The livelyhood of the working class is being stamped out. The rug is constantly being pulled out. The ground is constantly being shaken.
  11. Holly Boy 88
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    Holly Boy 88 - July 19, 2013 10:31 am
    Well, I pay for a mortgage and a car working shift work. Been at the same manufacturing facility for 10 years, but I guess because it's hot in here and we swing shifts it's not a career. I didn't go to college but some how this job has afforded me a great life. Not everyone wants to sit in an office all day and do HR work. Some of us like physical labor. You people that teach your kids a "blue Collar" 40 is not ok are the ones ruining this economy.
  12. BSMeter
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    BSMeter - July 19, 2013 8:40 am
    And let's not forget about earning enough to pay back that college loan!
  13. justmorefacts
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    justmorefacts - July 19, 2013 8:02 am
    As was reported by Mike Ross of the Franklin County Development Corp earlier this year, the quoted starting wages for the warehouse are north of $37,000 and range above $50,000 annually.

    Additionally, the Township and School District agreed to a 10 year LERTA for tax reduction to assist in bringing this project to Shippensburg.

  14. BSMeter
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    BSMeter - July 19, 2013 7:45 am
    Agreed. More jobs picking and packing orders in yet another warehouse, as opposed to careers. There aren’t nearly enough trucks on the local roads and highways! Wonder why local kids go to college and never return? You cannot pay for a mortgage and a car with a shift-work warehousing “job”!
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    OHMYGOD - July 18, 2013 9:57 pm
    These jobs will be neither good paying or stable. Once again a big name company has chosen "contract employees" from a sleezy local provider, who will pay poorly, provide little or no benefit package, and have huge turnover. Working conditions will probably be on a par with the sweat shop called Amazon!

    Don't you guys even remember your own series, run just last year, about the sham of "contract employees"? It will allow P&G plausible denialability when confronted with travesty they will promot
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