Decal supplier signs on to build in Antrim

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Another tenant has signed on to build a facility at the new business park in Antrim Township, citing tax breaks approved by local officials as incentive to locate here.

Atapco Properties, Inc. and Chesapeake Real Estate Group, LLC, Baltimore based commercial real estate development companies, announced late Monday afternoon that Gate 7 Ltd., based in the United Kingdom purchased a 1.8 acre Highway Commercial zoned parcel in the Antrim Commons Business Park in Antrim Township.

Officials did not immediately say how many jobs will be created by the new business.

Gate 7 specializes in the supply of decals and printed components to the construction equipment, agricultural and industrial market. The new location for the company will double the size of its current United States operation.

“We are pleased to expand our operations in the United States as a result of our continued growth,” said John Reay, vice president of Gate 7.

“This region and this township are an ideal location for our business and we are looking forward to being part of the Antrim Commons Business Park.”

Construction of the 12,000 square foot facility will start immediately.

Gate 7 expects to be open for business at its new location by end of July.

Officials said the facility will be state of the art incorporating LEED principles.

Atapco and Chesapeake are developing the Antrim Commons site, which sits just north of the Maryland/Pennsylvania border. The business park will contain more than 4 million square feet of industrial space as well as other office, retail and light commercial uses and is expected to accommodate as many as 2,000 new jobs when fully developed. The project is conveniently located at Exit 3 on Interstate 81 and adjacent to the recently opened Norfolk Southern Intermodal Freight Facility. Additionally, construction is now underway for the retail component of Antrim Commons and Armada Supply Chain Solutions has recently begun construction of its 400,000 square foot rail-served industrial facility located at the Business Park.

According to a news release issued by Atapco, officials noted local cooperation in its decision to locate in Antrim Township, citing the board of supervisors, Greencastle-Antrim School Board and the Franklin County Area Development Corporation adopting a program of tax breaks “to further incentivize the transaction”.