Sterman Masser Inc., a Schuylkill County-based potato growing, packing and shipping company, has purchased the vacant 128-acre Harman Stove property on Armstrong Valley Road in Halifax Township, according to Dauphin County property records.
A deed record shows a purchase price of $1.75 million. The property has a warehouse sized at more than 113,000 square feet.
Dave Masser, president and COO of the potato company, said the short-term plan is to use the facility as an overflow warehouse.
“We were talking about a greenfield (project) and doing something from scratch here,” he said. “The opportunity and price fell in line with (this) other building. It’s centrally located within our agricultural reach.”
Sterman Masser, which distributes about 6,500 trailer loads per year from Maine to Florida and west to the Mississippi River, essentially doubles its warehousing space, Masser said.
“It’s just to improve efficiencies here and give us more additional capacity,” he said.
There are no long-term facility plans at this time, Masser said. However, an expansion of the northern Dauphin County tract is a possibility, he added.
“Right now, the intent is to help with our immediate need,” he said.
The company is hoping to make use of the new facility in about two weeks, Masser said.
Harman Stove was bought in 2007 by Hearth & Home Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Iowa-based HNI Corp.