"It’s a huge deal,” said Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corporation. “It's a $120 million capital investment being made. The projected employment is 963 employees which, in and of itself, is very significant."
For a township with only about 8,000 people, it is a project that will soon make a huge impact on the local economy.
"There will be some new folks moving in because our employment rate is fairly low, so we think that there will be more employment than we have employees in our immediate community,” said Southampton Township Supervisor Samuel Cressler.
Ross says although the winter weather has caused some construction delays, the project is on the right path.
"The facility should be completed by the end of summer and this has really been a construction feat given the size of the building,” said Ross. “To have it built within 15 months is remarkable."
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Looking into the future, those at FCADC predict the new facility will indirectly create hundreds of additional jobs on top those Procter & Gamble are already bringing in.
"We could conceivably look to see another job for every job created at Procter & Gamble being created somewhere else in the community, so that could be another thousand jobs,” said Ross.