Franklin County, Pennsylvania has a booming economy. The article from WHTM states the economy in Franklin County has added 1200 jobs in 12 months.
ABC27 News reported in the past how Cumberland County is the fastest growing county in the state. Franklin County is also seeing increased numbers and is sixth on the list.
You can see it with the construction along the Interstate 81 Corridor. A new warehouse facility is under construction in Cumberland County off the Exit 44 right near Carlisle. In Franklin County, as we reported here, Atlas CopCo is adding 50 manufacturing jobs to Western Franklin County with a new facility near Fort Loudon. That facility is under construction. Development is occurring off Exit 24 in Shippensburg. First was Procter & Gamble in Shippensburg with huge warehouse, but more development is under consideration. A manufacturing facility is considering a site off Exit 24 with a possibility of two additional distribution centers off that exit being considered.
It’s a continued growth model in the area.
“We know we’re well positioned for growth,” said Mike Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corporation. “Four states, four counties, 40 miles. There’s a lot going on in the 81 corridor that is impacting our growth.”
In fact, 500 to 1,000 more jobs are expected to come to Franklin County this year.
“Success begets success,” Ross said.
More importantly, the job growth and development is having an impact in other sectors.
Ross said the manufacturing jobs are where most of the new jobs are, and those are attracting restaurants and shops to the area as well.
We’ve been seeing that off Exit 17 with the continued development of the newer Exit there. That area has just added Chick Fila, a new Starbuck location, Five Guys, and more to come.