Trucking firm gets OK for Pa. logistics center

By Mike Lewis
Site work continues for the future A. Duie Pyle facility on U.S. 11 in Franklin Township, Pa.

By JOYCE F. NOWELL
jnowell@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — A large trucking service center that eventually could create 200 jobs will be going up in Antrim Township, Pa.

West Chester, Pa.-based A. Duie Pyle announced last summer its plans to build an integrated logistics center on 35 acres along Molly Pitcher Highway, or U.S. 11, just south of Greencastle.

The location is across from Graphics Universal and World Kitchen. It extends east and west from U.S. 11 to Interstate 81 on land that formerly was known as the Hoffman tract.

A Franklin County deed record shows that A. Duie Pyle Inc. bought Tracts 1-3 on Molly Pitcher Highway from Hoffman MPH LLC.

The price was $6.95 million. The deed was recorded May 22, according to the records.

Tim Koch, director of facilities for the company, recently told Crossroads Business Journal that construction is expected to take 10 to 15 months, depending on the weather.

“We’re ready to go,” he said. “It’s been a long journey, but I’m glad that we’re just about across the finish line.”

Pyle got the go-ahead with conditional approval recently from the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors on the land-development plan.

The company still must provide financial security and execute conservation easements and shared access agreements.

“It’s significant housekeeping, but we won’t have any trouble meeting the conditions,” Koch said.

The facility is slated to contain more than 80 cross-dock doors with a 200,000-square-foot warehouse and full-service fleet-maintenance garage.

Pyle leases a 21-door service-center facility at 16125 Business Parkway, off Md. 63, west of Hagerstown. Operations there will transition to the north when the Greencastle facility is complete, Koch said.

“It’s a terrific location,” he said of Antrim Township. “We opened a temporary home in Hagerstown about a year and a half ago. We’ve outgrown that, and we can’t get this open soon enough. The customers are excited as well.”

The 25 people employed at the Hagerstown-area location will transfer to Greencastle, where the employment will grow to 150 to 200 people within three years, Koch said.

“We’ll be bringing lots of jobs in a financially secure company, contributing to the tax base,” he said. “We have a general contractor who’s going to run the job, but we’ve bid the work to all local contractors, electricians, plumbers, everyone, so we’re creating work. We’re excited about the opportunity.”

The expansion into Antrim Township will “help alleviate capacity pressures from the York, Baltimore and Altoona service centers, while enhancing Pyle’s service footprint,” according to the company’s website.

The Antrim Township facility is coming to a part of the township where industrial and commercial development is booming.

“The area is ready,” Koch said. “There’s room for trucks. We’ve seen some of the Antrim Township, Greencastle and (Pennsylvania Department of Transportation) plans for (U.S.) 11. I think everybody knows it’s coming.”

Reporter Mike Lewis of the Crossroads Business Journal contributed to this report.