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Agracel Building Sells

Bedford Industrial Center – Manufacturing Facility

Bedford Industrial Center – Manufacturing Facility

Bedford, PA – The Agracel Industrial Center, located in Bedford Township, recently sold to new owner
550 Sunnyside Road, LLC.

Agracel Inc., based in Effingham, Illinois, purchased the former Hedstrom facility in 2006. The
property had been vacant since Hedstrom’s closing in 2004.

“During our 11-years of ownership, we made significant investments in the property to make it an
attractive home for companies seeking manufacturing and distribution space. Our first tenant was
Morton Metalcraft and with the help of Bette Slayton and the BCDA team, we were successful in
securing Defiance Metal Products, Pomp’s Tire and Kennametal as long term tenants at the
facility,” noted Ryan Witges, Executive Vice President, Agracel.

“We strategically sell a few assets every year and the timing was right to find a buyer and move on
to the next investment. The property is positioned for long term success and we feel confident in
the new owner’s ability to continue the great relationship with the tenants and the Bedford
region,” Witges added.

The 470,000-sq. ft. facility, which sits on 37 acres, sold for $8.9 million. There is approximately
10,000 sq. ft. of office space available for lease.

Dana Newton, Senior Associate with Marcus & Millichap, represented the buyer. “Agracel has done an
excellent job restructuring the industrial property to facilitate the needs of Defiance
Metals, Kennametal and Pomp’s Tire. The new owner, recognizes this high standard and intends to
maintain and even improve upon the relationship with these key pillars of the Bedford business
community,” Newton stated.

“A long term strategic investor, the new owner intends to hold and improve upon this asset by
continuing to work with BCDA on the lease up of the remaining office space and by exploring the
potential for additional expansion in the Bedford community,” Newton added.

Bette Slayton, President, Bedford County Development Association noted “We’ve worked with Agracel
since they came to Bedford County in 2006.  They took a large, vacant industrial building off the
market and have made significant improvements to the building during the past decade.  Agracel
created high quality space for local and out-of-area employers. We appreciate all that they’ve done
to support Bedford County.  It’s truly been a pleasure working with them.”

BCDA now looks forward to partnering with the new ownership. “550 Sunnyside Road, LLC is pro-active
and committed to quality. They will be an excellent addition to our community. We’re excited about
working with them,” Slayton said.
For more information,please contact:

Bette Slayton, President
Bedford County Development Association
P: 814.623.4816
E:  slayton@bcda.org

Dana Newton
Marcus & Millchap
P:  215.292.7145
E: Dana.Newton@marcusmillichap. com

Ryan Witges Agracel,Inc.
P:  217.342.4443
E: rwitges@agracel.com

 

BCDA celebrates an active, successful year of economic development

(l-r) Bill Liedholm, General Manager, Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa; Doug Gerber, Chair, BCDA; Bette Slayton, President, BCDA; Gregory F. Krug, President/CEO, Lampire Biological Laboratories; Representative Jesse Topper and Congressman Bill Shuster.

(l-r) Bill Liedholm, General Manager, Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa; Doug Gerber, Chair, BCDA; Bette Slayton, President, BCDA; Gregory F. Krug, President/CEO, Lampire Biological Laboratories; Representative Jesse Topper and Congressman Bill Shuster.

BEDFORD, SPRINGS — The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Bedford County Development
Association was a celebration of accomplishment and promise for the future of economic growth in
Bedford County and the region.

Held at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort and Spa on August 11, 2017, the program was introduced by
Doug Gerber, plant manager at Rex Heat Treat, and chair of the BCDA board.

“2017 was a strong year for the BCDA and all of Bedford County,” said Gerber. “It was an active
year in which growth was the hallmark of the economic development community.”

Following introductory remarks, Gerber welcomed Congressman Bill Shuster to the meeting.

“A lot of great things are happening in Washington,” Shuster began. “But there is great frustration
dealing with bills that die in the Senate. I feel the frustration of the voters in my district. We
need significant, serious tax reform. We’ve got to focus our efforts.”

In addition to tax reform, Shuster noted, “the nation needs to pay attention to infrastructure
improvements. We may try to replicate what is being done in Australia with asset recycling. The
privatization of infrastructure may be one answer.”

State Representative Jesse Topper, 78th District, provided the state perspective.

“The Bedford County Development Association is the boots on the ground in economic
development,” Topper said. “Our state budget can be passed without a tax increase. We need to make
real difficult choices, not just continue to kick it down the road.” He believes public pension
plans need to be revised . “We have $60 billion in liability. We need a new system that reflects
the real world. We need a sustainable solution to reform Medicaid.”

Bette Slayton, BCDA president , delivered a “Year in Review” report which included a broad array of
BCDA’s activities in financing, real estate development, marketing, workforce
development and education, business retention, entrepreneurial development and networking.

Gerber introduced Gregory Krug, president and CEO of Lampire Biological Laboratories who
delivered the meeting’s Keynote address. It was titled “Growing the Life Science Industry in Bedford
County.”

Krug is a visionary who sees the incredible potential for growth in the highly skilled
biotechnology industry. His decision — made in 1989 — to create a facility in Bedford County is
likely to have a long-lasting, positive impact on the Bedford County economy.

“I feel very close to Bedford County,” Krug said. “We are attracting companies from all over the
world to Bedford County. Healthcare throughout the world is benefiting from the work that is being
done at Lampire.”

Lampire is a multi-million-dollar  company that is creating lifesaving, life sustaining diagnostic
tools, pharmaceuticals, environmental products and cosmetics, among others.

Krug said that his desire for the company to have a strong farm presence led him to Bedford County.

“We have invested millions of dollars in our Bedford County facilities,” he said. “That includes
400+ acres of farmland and 5,000 animals.”

Krug has been a strong advocate for the creation of training and educational programs to develop a
skilled workforce that can sustain Lampire’s future growth.

“We hire scientists of many types,”Krug said. “Immunologists, biologists, microbiologists,
chemists, molecular biologists and veterinarians. We are developing our workforce to be
competitive on a global level. We are a global business.”

Bedford County represented at International Summit

Terri Brumbaugh, VP of BCDA, recently represented Bedford County at the 2017 SelectUSA Summit held at the Gaylord National Convention Center in Maryland.

The Summit included over 2,000 participates from more than 60 countries.  As a part of the Pennsylvania delegation, Brumbaugh worked at the state’s booth and met with international businesses and site selectors.

Pictured here are: Michael O’Rourke, Lynda Aresnalt (Canada), Jason Hunt – PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Office of International Business Development (OIBD) and Terri Brumbaugh – BCDA.

Michael O'Rourke, Lynda Aresnalt, Jason Hunt - PA DCED OIBD and Terri Brumbaugh, BCDA

Saxton Resort Receives State Loan

Heritage Cove Resort Awarded Loan for Facility

The Bedford County Development Association was awarded a $65,000, 15-year loan at three percent for the first seven years on behalf of Heritage Cove Resort to assist with the construction of an 8,700-square-foot boat storage facility.  Funds also will be used to pave 30 existing camp sites on the company’s 99-acre waterfront resort in Liberty Township.  Funds were provided by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA).

Sandi & Dick Wright, Heritage Cove Resort

Sandi & Dick Wright, Heritage Cove Resort

 

Reception Lounge

Reception Lounge

Pennsylvania celebrates “Small Business Week” Event kicks off in Bedford County at Mission Critical Solutions

(L-R) State Representative Carl Walker Metzgar, 69th District; George Bohrer, President, Mission Critical Solutions, LLC; Bob McGowan, CEO, Mission Critical Solutions, LLC; Executive Deputy Secretary Neil Weaver, PA Department of Community and Economic Development; Bette Slayton, President, Bedford County Development Association; Representative Jesse Topper, 78th District; and State Senator Wayne Langerholc,Jr., 35th District.

(L-R) State Representative Carl Walker Metzgar, 69th District; George Bohrer, President, Mission Critical Solutions, LLC; Bob McGowan, CEO, Mission Critical Solutions, LLC; Executive Deputy Secretary Neil Weaver, PA Department of Community and Economic Development; Bette Slayton, President, Bedford County Development Association; Representative Jesse Topper, 78th District; and State Senator Wayne Langerholc,Jr., 35th District.

 

 Alum Bank, PA — To celebrate the backbone of the state’s economy, the state announced Small Business Week in Pennsylvania in a kickoff event held at Mission Critical Solutions in Alum Bank, Bedford County.

Small Business Week runs from April 30 through May 6 and will include numerous workshops and programs statewide.

The official announcement was made by Neil Weaver, executive deputy secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

“Small business is the backbone of Pennsylvania’s economy,” Weaver said. “There are about 1.2 million small businesses with 2.5 million employees in the Commonwealth. Small business accounted for the creation of 24,000 new jobs in 2016.”

According to Weaver, the goal of Pennsylvania Small Business Week is to educate and bring awareness of all the programs and assistance available for those who own a small business or want to start one.

In addition to loans and grants, Weaver’s office creates networking opportunities as well as access to international markets and suppliers. He hopes to let everyone know that his department is responsible for $1.5 billion in loans and grants.

“We will be crisscrossing the state to support a variety of small business activities.”

Weaver noted that Mission Critical Solutions – and Bedford County – were selected for the launch of Pennsylvania Small Business Week due to the close relationship between the public and private sectors in Bedford County.

Mission Critical Solutions is a highly successful company that is a Department of Defense contractor providing fabrication, machining, engineering, and many other services. The company is the vision of partners Bob McGowan and George Bohrer.

Both men credited the Bedford County economic development community, and specifically the Bedford County Development Association for providing assistance to their entrepreneurial efforts.

“BCDA is the first group we reached out to,” said McGowan. “They, in turn, went to the state and helped us get to know the Governor’s Action Team.”

Mission Critical Solutions has shown remarkable growth over the past several years. “We are committed to employing world class people from local training programs,” McGowan noted.

“Small businesses like ours need the support of strategic partnerships to compete successfully in a global market,” said Bohrer. “And the synergies in Bedford County have been awesome.”

On hand to celebrate the state’s announcement were State Senator Wayne Langerholc and State Representative Jesse Topper.

“When Bob and George told me their story I realized that starting a small business is not easy,” stated Langerholc. “They are the people who take a risk. Two thirds of all growth in the country is due to small businesses.  We need to do everything we can to help them succeed,”

Topper added that “We need to remember who signs the paychecks. We are grateful that they were willing to take risks. Groups like BCDA are truly the boots on the ground in helping businesses get started.”

For more information, contact:

Bob McGowan, CEO
Mission Critical Solutions
P:  (814) 839-2078
E:  bmcgowan@missioncriticalsolutions.com

Bette Slayton, President
Bedford County Development Association
P:  (814) 623-4816
E:  slayton@bcda.org

 

Seton building to sell

Green Leaf Property (former Seton Building)

Seton Building, Saxton, PA

The former Seton manufacturing plant is under contract for sale to Green Leaf Medical, LLC, a Maryland based company.

With a 30-plus year history in Saxton, Seton announced that it was closing the plant in 2008.  The 274,000-sq. ft. facility has remained dormant since the facility closed.

Green Leaf Medicals, based in Frederick, Maryland, will be acquiring the plant to house a medical cannabis growing and processing facility.  Its application for a license is currently under review by the PA Department of Health.

The company has experience in this industry.  “Our company competed for a license to cultivate medical cannabis in Maryland and in 2016 we were awarded the #1 ranked license out of 146 competitors,” noted Philip Goldberg, Green Leaf Medical CEO.

The Green Leaf team, working with the Bedford County Development Association, explored the viability of using the Seton facility for its operations.  “Ultimately we selected the location for multiple reasons including Saxton’s willingness to work with us, the high quality local workforce, the price and infrastructure of the facility and its close proximity to our Frederick, Maryland location,” Goldberg said.

“We have met with Mayor Smith, the Tussey Mountain School Board and several officers from the Saxton Fire Company to relay our plans for the facility and our intention of giving back to the community,” Goldberg noted.  Initially, 15-20 new jobs will be created with multiple spin-off jobs needed to support the business.

The medical cannabis will be processed into pills, liquids, oils, topical creams or gels.  Patients who suffer from any of 17 serious medical conditions, and are certified by a physician, may access this product.  These conditions include cancer, epilepsy, severe and chronic pain, glaucoma and PTSD.

“Some folks may have reservations about medical cannabis.  I encourage everyone to learn more about the potential benefits it can provide.  Our company is focused on medical cannabis production and fights against recreational marijuana use,” stated Goldberg.

The Green Leaf board includes a neurologist who has received DEA approval to use medical cannabis to treat children suffering from epilepsy, a pharmacologist from the University of Maryland that develops anti-cancer drugs, a member of the Department of Homeland Security and a retired lieutenant from the Frederick Police Department.

The facility will be a state-of-the-art, pharmaceutical grade, highly secure building.

Pennsylvania recently opened applications for medical cannabis grower-processors and dispensaries.  It carved the state into six regions.  Bedford County is at the western edge of the South-Central Region which consists of 13 counties including Dauphin and York.  In this region, permits will be awarded to four dispensaries and two grower processors.  Applications were due March 20 with an anticipated 90-120-day review period.

About 900 applicants are anticipated to make application for the first round of permits.  Application fees for grower and processors is $10,000 and, if approved, the annual fee is $200,000/year.  The state’s goal is to have sites operational by early 2018.

BCDA Board Chair Doug Gerber noted “Green Leaf Medicals will be a welcome addition to Bedford County.  We’re pleased to see growth in our pharmaceutical manufacturing industry and activity at the former Seton facility.  The building layout is conducive to subdividing which will add to our inventory of available space for lease.  It is gratifying to see that Green Leaf is committed to helping the community and getting people back to work.”

For more information, please contact:

Philip Goldberg, CEO
Green Leaf Medicals, LLC
(800) 530-8793 Ext. 110
E-mail:  Phil@greenleafmedicals.com

Bette Slayton, President
Bedford County Development Association
(814) 623-4816
E-mail:  slayton@bcda.org

Local Businesses Learn About Public Loan Programs

Bedford – The Bedford County Development Association (BCDA) recently held a Financing Seminar to educate local businesses about public loan programs.

Over thirty local businesses and bankers learned about loan programs available to a wide array of industries including agriculture, hospitality and tourism, manufacturing, child day-care, construction, developer, research & development, defense conversion, recycling, mining and service enterprises.

Six speakers gave overviews of their programs including representatives from PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED), Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission (SAPDC), Catalyst Connection, The Progress Fund, Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation (ABCD), and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

Sponsors included:  Altoona First Savings Bank, First National Bank of PA, Hometown Bank of PA, Ritchey, Ritchey & Koontz, Small Business Development Center and Somerset Trust Company.

For information on public business finance opportunities please contact Terri Brumbaugh at BCDA at (814) 623-4816 or via e-mail brumbaugh@bcda.org.

From L – R: Tracy Ulewics, The Progress Fund; Trudy Mitchell, Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission; Jeffrey Boldizar, Saint Francis Small Business Development Center; Paul Cooney, Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation; Jared Lucas, Department of Community & Economic Development; Art Tintori, Catalyst Connection; and Terri Brumbaugh, Bedford County Development Association.

From L – R: Tracy Ulewics, The Progress Fund; Trudy Mitchell, Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission; Jeffrey Boldizar, Saint Francis Small Business Development Center; Paul Cooney, Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation; Jared Lucas, Department of Community & Economic Development; Art Tintori, Catalyst Connection; and Terri Brumbaugh, Bedford County Development Association.

From L – R: Bette Slayton, Bedford County Development Association; Jared Lucas, Department of Community & Economic Development; Trudy Mitchell, Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission; and Art Tintori, Catalyst Connection.

From L – R: Bette Slayton, Bedford County Development Association; Jared Lucas, Department of Community & Economic Development; Trudy Mitchell, Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission; and Art Tintori, Catalyst Connection.

Rockland adds new facility – Grows into Cannondale Building

BEDFORD, PA — Rockland Manufacturing, a national leader in the production of heavy construction equipment attachments, will expand its operation in Bedford County with the company’s recent acquisition of the former Cannondale building.

“The 221,000 sq. ft. facility, located in Bedford Township, will allow the company to significantly increase our current square footage in manufacturing space as needed,” noted Bo Pratt, President of Rockland. “The acquisition makes sense for us going forward because of our growing product line and space constraints in our current facility.”

“As we continue to grow, the building will give us easy access to plenty of storage and additional manufacturing space as needed,” said Pratt. “We will also be leasing large parts of the building to new businesses interested in doing more business in Bedford County.”

“We are very excited that we’re able to secure a new facility so close to our current location,”said Pratt. “Bedford County has been a wonderful place to live and work. Our people are fantastic. I’ve never met anyone who had a better team. Their commitment to honesty, safety, hard work, quality, and teamwork is unmatched.”

“Now as we continue to grow, we can grow knowing that we can easily keep adding operations in Bedford — which is exactly what we want to do.”

Rockland has a long history in Bedford County. The company moved to Bedford from Florida in 1970 and it currently employs 250 people. “Rockland is a longstanding and well-respected member of our business community. It is a valued employer and supporter of local
organizations. This acquisition is good news for Rockland and Bedford County,” noted Bette Slayton, President of the Bedford County Development Association.

Initially the building will not be fully occupied by Rockland. Lease space will be available.

“Rockland’s acquisition will now enable us to market industrial and commercial lease opportunities. This will expand our inventory of options for prospects seeking to lease space,” noted Slayton.

The Realtor on the project was Sean Bardell, broker/owner of Howard Hanna Bardell Realty.  Howard Hanna Bardell Realty will also continue with leasing available space in the facility.

For more information, contact:
Bo Pratt, President of Operations
Rockland Manufacturing Company
Phone:  814.623.1115
E-mail: sjpratt@rocklandmfg.com
Bette Slayton, President
Bedford County Development Association
Phone:  814.623.4816
E-mail: slayton@bcda.org