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Successful Projects

Quality Bicycle Products (December 2011)

The Capital Region Economic Development Corporation assisted Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) in locating a 150,000 square foot warehouse for its East Coast Distribution facility. The company ultimately leased a property in Middletown owned by Prologis. Patrick Lafferty from CBRE helped to negotiate the deal between ProLogis and QBP. The company expects to create 50 jobs for the region over the next few years.

Headquartered in Bloomington, MN, Quality Bicycle Products is a bicycle, bicycle parts, and outdoor products distributor that provides products to over 5,000 retail shops. The Middletown distribution facility is one of three warehouses the company operates nationwide and will service their growing number of stores on the East Coast.

The company considered many other buildings within the Harrisburg market as well as other locations on the East Coast. Proximity to major markets and quick delivery times for parcel packages helped the company to make the decision to locate in the Harrisburg area. QBP expects to have the facility operational by the first of December. Once this warehouse is open, the company can reach 95% of their customers within 1 to 2 days with their network of warehouses.

WorldPantry.com (February 2011)

Based in San Francisco, CA, World Pantry is an online distributor of quality gourmet foods. In 2010 the growing company identified the need to have a presence on the East Coast and began searching for a warehouse facility that would meet their needs. After speaking with representatives with the Capital Region Economic Development Corporation, the company began looking for a facility in the Capital Region.

After looking at a number of properties, the company chose a location in Lemoyne, Cumberland County. The company chose the location due to the strategic location that placed the facility within easy access of both the Harrisburg UPS hub in Dauphin County and the FedEx Ground hub in Fairview Township, York County. The value of locating this type of operation in the Capital Region is the large one day parcel distribution footprint that is available.

Lennox International (August 2010)

Lennox International, Inc. leased a 130,000 square-foot facility in Middletown that will serve as a distribution center to support its northeastern U.S. operations.  The distribution center will receive HVAC units and small parts from Lennox manufacturing plants and distribute them to customers and resellers. The $1.3 million project will create at least 31 jobs within three years and retain 20 existing positions.

“When one of the world’s premier HVAC firms chooses Pennsylvania over other locations, it proves once again that our strategic investments help to attract even greater levels of private investment and create jobs,” said Governor Rendell. “The workforce of south-central Pennsylvania will benefit from this facility’s new jobs and the potential for future growth.”

Through its subsidiaries, Lennox International Inc. is a global leader in the heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration markets.

The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, and the Capital Region Economic Development Corporation.

Pennsylvania provided the company with an $181,950 funding offer that includes a $75,000 opportunity grant, $13,950 in job training assistance, and $93,000 in job creation tax credits.

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