BUSINESS

Armada sets large anchor in Antrim Township business park

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
An open house for the Greencastle Armada Supply Chain Hub Center May 7 brought together the behind-the-scenes people involved in making the distribution center a reality in Antrim Township. Pictured in the center, from left: Ed Schreiber, operations project manager; Nancy Postrech, corporate service development; and Leo Kluczkowski, warehouse manager; who had the ribbon cutting honors before the group broke for speeches, a tour and lunch.

The newest facility of Pittsburgh-based Armada Supply Chain was open to invited officials Wednesday morning. Government, financial, real estate, construction and other invested parties received an inside look at what is now the flagship building of the national company, located in Antrim Commons Business Park.

Armada is a partner with McDonalds Corporation, and the Greencastle Hub Center receives products and supplies which are in turn sent to McDonalds distribution centers on the eastern end of the United States, which then dispatch the trucks to individual stores.

“This is  the evolution of a vision in the ever changing supply chain industry,” said John Burke, Armada CEO.

Armada senior vice president Paul Newborne called the park “the right place for us to be.”

Tom Covelli, senior director of McDonalds U.S. supply chain, said the location was a strategic fit in their network, the building their largest in the world. The corporation moved $10 billion of products and supplies annually to its 14,000 restaurants.

Nancy Bull represented Congressman Bill Shuster’s office, which helped secure federal funding to improve exit 3, an access point to the business park. She passed along Shuster’s appreciation of the team effort to get the job done, including action from the state of Pennsylvania, Franklin County, Antrim Township, Franklin County Area Development Corporation and Atapco, the park developer

Atapco Properties vice president Pat Coggins expressed gratitude for the work that went into the project.

“I’d really like to thank Armada for hanging in there and believing in us. We are now a significant industrial park in Pennsylvania.”

Armada’s Joe Dominjanni said the Antrim supervisors and staff had been tremendous to work with. “Whenever we had a problem, people said, ‘Go  see Sylvia.’” Sylvia House was the Antrim Township zoning officer in charge of many of the documents.

Armada moved from its Chambersburg facility in November, and opened for business in December. The building size more than doubled, to 400,000 square feet. The labor force also increased, now with 15 fulltime employees and 24 temps. The roster, including administrative help, is expected to grow to 50. The Hub Center operates three shifts.

It differs from the Chambersburg site, which only handled dry storage. In Greencastle the facility also has freezer and cooler storage, a dry dock, cooler dock, and rail dock which is not yet active. When it is, it will receive frozen food from Canada.

“Coming to a McDonalds near you soon will be French fries shipped out of Greencastle,” quipped warehouse manager Leo Kluczkowski during the tour.