Warehouse/distribution industry still growing in midstate

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Oct 2, 2013 1:50 PM

(Harrisburg) -- The midstate is seeing a boom of sorts in the transportation distribution industry.

State Department of Labor and Industry data indicates more than 100 warehouses were built in the region over the past decade, and a 2008 study released by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania finds the state ranks second in warehousing employment nationwide.

Penn State Harrisburg Professor of Supply Chain Management Richard Young says the region has been a transportation distribution hub since Civil War times. Young tells witf's Radio Smart Talk he does not envision fewer warehouses in the midstate anytime soon, but suggests careful planning for the industry's growth.

"The facilities that are built have to be good neighbors," he says. "But in terms of fewer warehouses, if you look at our population, our population is growing and the demand for goods continues to grow with it."

Procter & Gamble has begun construction on a 1.7 million square foot distribution center in Franklin County, and an unidentified company is looking at a Lebanon County site for a one million square foot facility.

Another proposed one million square foot facility in Fairview Township, York County has been put on hold amid strong community opposition.

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