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About 300 new jobs are coming to Jackson Township as part of the largest single building project in the history of the company that makes Arm & Hammer baking soda.

The plant, with 1.1 million square feet of building space on 232 acres, will include manufacturing for laundry detergents and have a related distribution facility.

It will replace a New Jersey facility used by Church & Dwight Co., Inc., the parent company of Arm & Hammer.

Matthew Farrell, chief financial officer, said the company was operating out of a manufacturing building and four separate warehouses in New Jersey, leading to an inefficient setup.

"Now we're going to be under one roof in Jackson Township," Farrell said.

The company began looking for a new site about a year ago, and Jackson Township won out because it combines a lot of land and the potential for expansion, a good water source and a nearby rail line.

Construction is expected to begin in September for the new plant and distribution facility along Route 30. It should be operational by fall 2009 and fully staffed and independently operating by the beginning of 2010.

About 300 people work at the plant in New Jersey and are expected to be let go or be placed in other jobs within the company, according to Church & Dwight.

The company expects the York County facility to hire for 230 manufacturing plant positions from the local market, as well as about 70 salaried positions, Farrell said.

In New Jersey, hourly workers make on average $15 to $16 per hour in jobs such as mixing chemical compounds, driving forklifts and running machinery. Farrell said he expects the hourly pay to be about the same in Pennsylvania.

He did not know when the hiring would begin for the new facility.

Church & Dwight chose the York County site for its location and proximity to major highways and railroads, the company said.

Earlier this week, Jackson Township supervisors approved a group of waivers for the company's land development plan between Commerce Drive and East Berlin Road along Hidden Lane.

The township accepted an alternative global landscaping plan rather than requiring the company to adhere to individual township requirements.

In agreeing to the waivers, the township:

  • will not require about 2,800 feet of sidewalk

  • will allow a deeper storm water detention basin

  • will not require fencing around the detention basins.

    In the sewage plan module, the supervisors approved an on-site pumping station to handle up to 50,000 gallons per day. Township engineer Jeff Shue said that the plant actually expects flows to be about 27,000 gallons per day.

    The plant would service the eastern United States from Florida to Maine.

    Site engineer Daniel Wise of HRG in Gettysburg said that emergency access to the site would be off Route 234. The main access would be off Commerce Drive.

    The initial phase would entail a 1.1 million square-foot warehouse and distribution facility. Future expansion would include a 1.9 million square foot distribution warehouse and processing facility, Wise said.

    WHP 21 photojournalist Seliana Vassileva lines up a shot on the Jackson Township land where a new manufacturing plant and distribution center is will be
    WHP 21 photojournalist Seliana Vassileva lines up a shot on the Jackson Township land where a new manufacturing plant and distribution center is will be constructed. (Daily Record/Sunday News - Jason Plotkin)

    The project includes docks and trailer parking, storm water management basins and employee parking and a recreational area for employees to include volleyball courts, Wise said. Wetlands would not be disturbed.

    A railroad spur and siding would be brought to the building, Wise said.

    Improvements would be made to Route 30, Commerce Drive and the railroad.

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