Franklin County has an ever-expanding and diversified workforce that plays a large part in the area’s growing industries. In terms of county-wide total employment, the largest industry consists of retail, wholesale and hospitality. This comes as no surprise, considering the plethora of welcoming opportunities for Chambersburg visitors. From restaurants such as the Copper Kettle to lodging like the Ragged Edge Inn, the local hospitality industry is full of warm, knowledgeable employees, many of whom are Certified Tourism Ambassadors.
The presence of a wide variety of industries in Franklin County has paved the way for Chambersburg residents to enjoy many different career opportunities. One of the largest organizations in the area is in the manufacturing industry: Volvo Construction Equipment. Volvo is a worldwide equipment manufacturer whose Shippensburg location specializes in the production of compact wheel loaders, asphalt pavers and more. The 192-acre campus has seven buildings and a total area of 838,000 square feet under roof, employing over 800 people.
Another prominent industry is business/professional services. Companies such as Shafer Equipment Rental provide local contractors, manufacturers and small businesses with the equipment they need to serve other sectors of the business community. On the other end of the spectrum, organizations such as the Chambersburg Area School District and Franklin County Government represent the education and government industries by employing 1,140 and 700 people, respectively.
Industry giants are not the only businesses who have found success in the Chambersburg area; small businesses and nonprofits are prominent as well. Northwood Books in downtown Chambersburg has been family owned and operated since 1988, offering avid readers a unique and memorable retail experience with over 90,000 books in stock.