Welcome Wagon rolled out for Shapiro, DCED Chief Siger during Martin’s Potato Rolls trip

30 April 2024- The Martin family, community stakeholders, and large number of very important people in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania all congregated today just off I-81 in Chambersburg to rollout the red carpet for a nine figure production line improvement being unveiled at the site of Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe. The company has announced they will invest $123.2 million to expand its existing manufacturing facility in Franklin County.

Headquartered in Chambersburg for nearly 70 years, the company’s expansion project will create at least 127 new jobs over five years while retaining 659 current employees statewide, of which 639 are at the project site.

The expansion will add approximately 295,000 square-feet to its existing plant and will include a state-of-the-art, fully air-conditioned roll production line and a cold dock/freezer. The company also plans to build an electric substation to service current needs and support its future growth strategy.

“We are very excited to be growing our business and expanding our bakery in our hometown of Chambersburg. Our amazing employees, supportive community, and loyal customers are helping us to create good American jobs and to expand our market area throughout the US and around the world. We’d like to thank the Governor and his team for their desire to support and encourage businesses in PA,” said Tony Martin, Martin’s President and third-generation Martin family member.

“When PA businesses are strong, they create new opportunities and more good jobs, which leads to successful, stable communities, where we can raise our families and pursue the American dream. We appreciate Governor Shapiro’s support of our business and other PA businesses, and we look forward to the future growth of opportunity in our wonderful Commonwealth.”

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 that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.

“Martin’s has a long and storied history in Franklin County, and DCED is proud to have worked with the company to ensure they continue to grow and create jobs right here in Pennsylvania,” said DCED Secretary Rick Siger. 

“Pennsylvania has a lot to offer to food processing manufacturers – from our strategic location, to our abundant natural resources, to our dedicated and skilled workforce. We are thrilled Martin’s has chosen to continue to grow here in the Commonwealth.”

“Martin’s is a true Pennsylvania success story – and the Martin family and its workers have worked hard to reinvest and grow in Central Pennsylvania while making a darn good potato roll. Martin’s success shows us what’s possible here in Pennsylvania – and it’s the kind of success I want to replicate,” said Governor Josh Shapiro.

“That’s why we are so proud to invest in Martin’s latest expansion here in Chambersburg. My Administration has a plan to double down on our investments in economic development so more Pennsylvania companies can compete and win. When we see a hardworking company making a great product, we need to help them succeed and grow in Pennsylvania the same way Martin’s has.”

DCED Sec. Siger spoke with News Talk 1037FM after the ceremony. Hear the exclusive interview, which originally aired on Tuesday’s Drive at Five show, on demand below.