FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa. - The unemployment rate is down in
That’s according to Mike Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corporation. He says
"Right now we're starting to see our unemployment rate fall to pre-recession figures. We're down under 5 percent now,” said Ross. “We've been working very hard at trying to diversify our economy. On Interstate-81 from
Martin's Famous Pastry Shoppe is currently building a 140,000 square foot addition, bringing in about 50 to 60 new jobs.
“Martin's Famous Pastry Shoppe is doing a major expansion of their operation,” said Ross.
But it is not the only place you can hear construction.
Proctor and Gamble, which will introduce 963 jobs to
Pacemaker Press, PP&S will bring about 40 jobs to
Meanwhile, Summit Health is currently building a new office building at
And the growth doesn’t stop there.
Brazil-based Torcomp, a manufacturer of machine parts, will be opening its
Georgia-Pacific has also expressed interest in building a distribution center in the Shippensburg area, either in
"We think the greater Shippensburg community wins regardless of which county is chosen,” said Ross.
"I think our biggest challenge as a region is how we manage it,” said Ross. "We're at a good place at a good time...I think we're all enjoying the opportunities for growth."
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