Plans in Place for Manufacturing to Return to Vacant Building

FCI building sold again

Texas-based cabinet company bought facility for $3.8M

By Kylie Hawn

Daily News Staff Writer

Just a little over a month after the former FCI USA Inc. building in Shirley Township was sold to Fireworks Leasing LLC, the building has been sold again to a cabinet manufacturer fromTexas.

ACProducts Inc., or ACPI, with corporate offices in The Colony,Texas, purchased the building for $3.8 million April 4.

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According to the company’s website, ACPI “manufactures and distributes kitchen and bath cabinets throughout the U.S.” under the Echelon Cabinetry and Advanta Cabinets brand names.”

The former FCI USA Inc. was sold to Fireworks Leasing LLC, part of Jake’s Fireworks of Pittsburg, Kansas, for $1.8 million Feb. 24.

The company also has a manufacturing facility in Thompsontown, Juniata County.

Jami Harmon, marketing and communications manager for ACPI, explained the company’s plans for the facility.

“The big (deciding) factor (in the purchase) was the fact it’s fairly close to our plant in Thompsontown,” said Harmon. “Part of what we will do is perform satellite operations for what we do in Thompsontown to increase capacity.”

Harmon said the Shirley Township building is a great facility for manufacturing operations.

“Our main market is heavily in the mid-Atlantic,” she said. “From Bostonto Florida to Chicago, Pennsylvania is the perfect place to manufacture.”

Harmon was not able to comment at this time on how many jobs this will create for the area. In the press release, ACPI noted the facility itself has the potential “of supporting 1,800 employees.”

According to a press release from ACPI, the additional space offered at the building in the Riverview Business Center “will increase ACPI’s manufacturing capacity for its current product offering by 60 percent, as well as allow the company’s brands to offer a wider variety of product options and configurations.

“ACPI’s new facility will support Echelon and Advanta’s promise of delivering orders on time and complete,” the press release stated.

The 200,000-square-foot building includes 16,000 square feet of office space and 185,000 square feet of manufacturing space. The press release indicated there is a potential to add an additional 400,000 square feet to the building in the future.

Shirley Township supervisors granted two variances to Jake’s Fireworks in early February, including one to allow the company to proceed with fireproofing the building, except for the ceiling, and one involving the exit travel distance in case of an emergency in the building.

Amy Wise, executive director for Huntingdon County Business and Industry, is happy for economic growth in the county.

“HCBI is pleased to welcome ACPI to our industrial park in Mount Union,” she said. “We believe the potential for new jobs will match nicely with the skill sets of the existing labor force and are excited about the opportunity to get more Huntingdon County residents back to work.”

The facility is located in a Keystone Opportunity Zone, and companies that relocate to that area have opportunities for tax abatements.

FCI USA Inc. closed it doors to employees in November 2013, but operations at the plant stopped in September 2013. The company announced in December 2012 it would ceasing operations.

ACPI will begin manufacturing cabinets at the Mount Union location in 2017.

Representatives from Jake’s Fireworks did not return phone calls made by The Daily News.

Kylie can be reached at khawn@huntingdondailynews.com.