Notes and quotes

By Joseph Deinlein
Work continues on the Gateway Plaza complex off Gateway Avenue in Chambersburg, Pa. According to documents on file with the borough, Chambersburg Gateway Shopping Centre LLC is working on developing the space, which includes a multitenant retail structure, two potential restaurant spaces and a fourth for an automotive service garage.

Things seen and overheard around the region last month, compiled by reporter Mike Lewis:

Martin’s hits Canadian shelves

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls and Bread, based in Chambersburg, has expanded its retail footprint into Canada.

Martin’s started servicing international food service customers in 2011. But Martin’s retail distribution remained focused mainly on the domestic market, specifically on the East Coast of the United States and Chicago.

But that changed recently when Canada became the first international market where significant retail sales distribution has been established, according to a news release from the company.

Martin’s retail sales have expanded to more than 30 independent grocery and specialty stores with over 50 locations in Ontario, as well as a small region of Manitoba.

Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe Inc. is a family-owned and family -operated consumer goods company.

‘Biggest long-term challenge’

“Everyone agrees our biggest long-term challenge is the expansion of I-81. Hands-down that’s the No. 1 economic development issue for everyone doing business along our section of the I-81 corridor.”

— Stephen Christian, president of the Greater Chambersburg (Pa.) Chamber of Commerce and the Chambersburg Area Development Corp.

Rampf’s new strategic setup

Rampf, an industrial mold-making company, recently announced the layoffs of up to 33 people at its facility in Hagerstown, Md.

At about the same time the German-based company posted a statement to its website saying it was time “to change the strategic set-up” and, with a new management team, focus on “success factors that have made us strong.”

“The markets in North America are of high importance to the Rampf Group,” the statement read.

“In order to better serve our customers, it was decided to change the strategic setup.

“As in the past, our experienced local sales team will take care of all needs and questions related to your mold. In addition, we will build a local Repair Shop and strengthen our Service Team in North America. The production of all new molds has been shifted to our plant in Allmendingen (Germany).”