WESLEY CHAPEL — Harney Hardware, a commercial door and bathroom hardware supplier, has announced its plan to invest $7.5 million in a new logistics and distribution facility at ComPark 75, located south of Wesley Chapel Boulevard near Interstate 75.
The company plans to build a 45,000-square-foot facility which will employ 20 workers. According to the Pasco Economic Development Council, salaries will be nearly twice the average county wage.
“I want to thank the Pasco EDC for their assistance in the site selection and permitting process,” Preston Copenhaver, chief executive officer for Harney Hardware, said in a press release. “ComPark 75′s access to I-75 and surrounding communities really helped me ultimately decide on Pasco for our new location.”
Harney Hardware direct ships to customers across the country. The company has been growing in the home improvement sector and because of the increased demand for products delivered directly.
Bill Eschenbaugh, president of Eschenbaugh Land Company, announced he had closed the $1.33 million industrial land deal last month. In his announcement he said he was “more than pleased to continue a blistering pace of land contracts for industrial, apartment and residential land in the marketplace.”
Pasco County has kept job-creating land uses a priority. The newest tenant at ComPark 75 was just what the county is looking for, said Bill Cronin, president and chief executive officer of the Pasco Economic Development Council.
“They are in logistics and distribution, offer great wages, and they already knew we had the quality workforce they needed since many of their staff are already residents,” Cronin said.