The company will invest $4.5 million and create 33 new jobs in Franklin County
Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Guardian Booth, a leading manufacturer of prefabricated structures, will create 33 new jobs by relocating its headquarters to Waynesboro, Franklin County from Orangeburg, New York. The company also plans to expand its product offering by acquiring Homes by Keystone, a manufacturer of manufactured homes, and retaining its employees.
“Guardian Booth’s relocation is a huge win for Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “This manufacturer will bring new jobs to Franklin County and retain employees when it purchases Homes by Keystone, which would otherwise have closed its doors. Between our prime Northeast location and skilled workforce, The commonwealth has much to offer manufacturing companies looking to locate and succeed in Pennsylvania.”
Guardian Booth has committed to investing $4.5 million in its relocation project and creating 33 new full-time jobs over the next three years. As part of its acquisition of Homes by Keystone, located at 13338 Midvale Road in Waynesboro, the company will also retain the manufactured home builder’s current 20 employees.
“We are very grateful to the state of Pennsylvania for welcoming us into the community and for the great opportunity this presents for our company as a whole,” said Abraham Taub, owner and CEO of Guardian Booth, LLC. “Our strategic directive was to expand our geographic reach to support customers throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Midwest and Southeast while growing our manufacturing footprint over the next few years; Franklin County it was the perfect fit in terms of location. We feel fortunate to have found Homes by Keystone, which has great synergy with our existing business model and allows Guardian Booth to expand its portfolio into modular prefab homes.”
The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $165,000 Pennsylvania First grant, a $106,000 workforce development grant to train its new workers and encouraged to apply for the department’s Manufacturing Tax Credit (MTC) program.
The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.
Through GAT, Governor Wolf has invested more than $17 billion over the past seven years to support 420 completed projects, create more than 47,000 new jobs and preserve more than 143,000 jobs for Pennsylvanians .
“The Franklin County Area Development Corporation is thrilled to welcome Guardian Booth to Waynesboro,” said Mike Ross, FCADC President. “The economic development support of its acquisition of Homes By Keystone and the relocation of its current operation from Orangeburg, New York, which will result in a capital investment of $4.5 million, the creation of 33 jobs new and the retention of 20 existing employees reflects a collaborative effort by the FCADC and the Governor’s Action Team.”
Guardian Booth is a manufacturer of prefabricated booths for guards, parking, ticket sellers and tellers. Additionally, Guardian Booth is the market leader in portable security enclosures and modular office enclosures. With a focus on safety, efficiency and professional appearance, the Guardian Booth research team has designed high quality guard booths. For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or the Department of Community and Economic Development, visit the DCED website.