Ribbon-cutting ceremony held at Eldorado Stone

Shawn Hardy
Representatives of Eldorado Stone, the developer Atapco, local government and the business community gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday at the company’s new site at 181 Antrim Commons Drive in Antrim Township.

What Kleenex is to facial tissue, Eldorado Stone is it to manufactured stone.

The brand name is used in a generic fashion when a product becomes the industry standard, according to state Sen. John Eichelberger.

Eichelberger, a Republican whose district includes parts of southern Franklin County, was among the speakers at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday at Eldorado Stone’s new building at 181 Antrim Commons Drive in Antrim Township.

Eldorado’s manufacturing, currently located north of Greencastle on U.S. 11, and distribution, currently located in Hagerstown, will be consolidated in the 432,000-square-foot building. That means the retention of 243 employees and the addition of 57 family-sustaining jobs over the next few years, according to Tim Hogan, development manager for Atapco, the developer of the 400-acre Antrim Commons Business Park, located along U.S. 11 and Interstate 81 at Exit 3 in Antrim Township. Eventually, the park will have 4 million square feet of industrial, commercial and retail businesses.

Hogan cited U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster for federal funding for Exit 3 improvements, Eichelberger for state incentives and Antrim Township for its forward-thinking, business-friendly policies and helpful staff and Franklin County Area Development Corp. for its assistance.

“Everything is a collaborative effort, nothing happens in a vacuum,” said L. Michael Ross, FCADC president, noting the Governor’s Action Team also supported the project.

He thanked Eldorado Stone for making the decision to stay in Franklin County and Atapco for its continued commitment to the development of the business park, which has a tremendous impact on the local economy.

Frank Guthrie, Eldorado Stone plant manager, said the new facility is the latest step in progress that has been made over the last two years toward the company’s goal of becoming a world class manufacturer.

The building will allow for improvements in safety, quality and efficiency and provide an environment where people will flourish, including the break rooms, bathrooms, training rooms and open areas.

Over the next six to eight weeks, manufacturing and robotics equipment will be put into place and the manufacturing process will get up and running.

“We are looking forward to bringing the entire workforce and starting production,” Guthrie said.

Guthrie said the company is planning open houses for both employees and the public.