Decal company expanding in Antrim business park

Gate 7 held an internal groundbreaking ceremony recently, and employees got to handle the shovels.

Gate 7 LLC, a United Kingdom-based company operating from 145 Pine Drive for the past five years, plans to expand in Antrim Township. It just purchased 1.8 acres  in Antrim Commons Business Park from Atapco Properties, Inc. and Chesapeake Real Estate Group, LLC. The plot is zoned highway commercial.

Gate 7 specializes in decals for off-road equipment.

Vice president John Reay has worked from the Greencastle location since the branch opened in February 2008. He was excited for the expansion.

“We are pleased to expand our operations in the United States as a result of our continued growth. Last year we decided we wanted a custom-built facility,” he said. “We worked with Franklin County Area Development Corporation to relocate, and it has gone pretty well.”

The current leased facility employed seven people at startup, and grew to 14, he said. He expects to eventually add five more manufacturing employees at the new site.

Gate 7’s largest U.S. client is Manitowoc, and its largest international customer is Volvo. Both have a presence in Franklin County. The product line, decals and printed components, is produced for the construction equipment, agricultural and industrial market.

 Construction of the 12,000 square foot facility will start immediately.  The new Gate 7 is expected to be open for business  in late June.

When built out, ACBP will contain over four million square feet of space for various types of businesses. Construction is also underway for the retail component of Antrim Commons, and Armada Supply Chain Solutions is building a 400,000 square foot rail-served industrial facility.

Atapco credited Mike Ross and David Mackley from FCADC, Antrim Township, the Gate 7 team and the Greencastle-Antrim School Board for their efforts in furthering development at the park. It said the adoption by Antrim and the school district of the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance was an incentive for Gate 7 to choose Antrim Commons Business Park.

Reay said Gate 7 held a private groundbreaking ceremony, but would participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony in late summer.

Gate 7 employees got to handle the shovels at the internal groundbreaking. Invited guests included Mike Ross, president of Franklin County Area Development Corporation, and Joel Fridgen, executive director of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce. Gate 7 shared a rendering of its new facility, to be constructed at Antrim Commons Business Park. The company is working locally with Lehman Construction Services, project manager John Booze, Martin and Martin Engineering and Susquehanna Bank.