2012-03-08 / Front Page

General Fasteners To Occupy New Home In Business Park

Local business to move in by July 1
By Jean Snyder
STAFF WRITER


This steel building being erected in the business park south of McConnellsburg will be a new home for General Fasteners Co., a supplier of parts for JLG Industries Inc. The 25,200-square-foot building is being built by local contractor DALJCON LLC. General Fasteners will move from its current home on Buchanan Trail (Rt. 16) when the building is completed. This steel building being erected in the business park south of McConnellsburg will be a new home for General Fasteners Co., a supplier of parts for JLG Industries Inc. The 25,200-square-foot building is being built by local contractor DALJCON LLC. General Fasteners will move from its current home on Buchanan Trail (Rt. 16) when the building is completed. If all goes according to plan, the Fulton County Business Park should have a new tenant by July 1 of this year.

General Fasteners Co. (GFC), a Michigan-based company, has been providing fasteners, adhesives, hoses, cables and clamps along with an additional 25 plus products as well as processes and materials to manufacturers since 1952.

In McConnellsburg, GFC is a supplier for JLG Industries Inc. and is currently located on Buchanan Trail (Rt. 16) in what is referred to as the former “dog bone factory.”

Last year, the company, faced with inadequate warehouse/ distribution space, began first looking locally for additional space but with no luck. It was feared GFC would eventually move to Franklin County.

Randy and Susan (Garlock) DeShong, Fulton County natives now living in Naples, Fla., were contacted by the local Industrial Development Association (FIDA) because they own 5.3 acres of ground in the business park. According to Sue DeShong, “We’ve owned it since 2005 and have always hoped we would get involved in a business of some sort in Fulton County.” That opportunity came in August 2011. The DeShongs agreed to erect a building on Lot 22 and lease it to GFC. “As far as we were concerned, it gave us an opening to get something going so it was a ‘win-win’ from our perspective,” DeShong added.

When completed by July 1, 2012, General Fasteners will occupy the entire building of 25,200 square feet. The facility is a Butler metal building and construction is now under way in the northeastern corner of the park just off Fulton Drive. DALJCON LLC, owned and operated by Jason Garlock, is the general contractor for the project. DALJCON, a local company, currently employs approximately 25 fulltime Fulton County workers and has been in business since 1998. Subcontractors for the job include TMS Excavating, Keystone Electric, Woodward Concrete, Walter Swope Masonry, Craig Harmon Plumbing and Pro-Aer Rental.

DeShong said the project was “fast-tracked” through the feasibility study period and design/ engineering and permitting process, allowing the project to get under way rapidly. Deshong credits the engineers managing the project, Dennis E. Black Engineering (Jeremy Fletcher and Jerre Parson of the McConnellsburg office), the Ayr Township supervisors and David Washabaugh and Dan Swain with the FIDA for assisting with the project. “Seleen Shives and Andy Stottlemyer of the Fulton County Conservation District guided us through the environmental requirements,” she added.

DeShong concluded, “The experience has been positive for Randy and me, and we hope to move forward with development of the remaining acreage on the site this fall. The plan calls for an additional building of approximately 30,000 square feet on the north side of the property. It could also be used for warehouse/ distribution or manufacturing purposes.”

GFC, a privately held company located in Livonia, Mich., manages more than 35,000 stocking locations for its many customers, and services them from strategically located facilities throughout North America and Asia.

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