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Truck maker buys Lancaster County manufacturing plant

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Truck body and trailer maker M.H. Eby recently finished its purchase of a 95,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Ephrata Township.

The facility is located at 502 Alexander Drive, a space last used by modular building maker Mark Line Industries

Not including the new Ephrata plant, M.H. Eby's Lancaster County operations consist of a company headquarters and a satellite plant, both in East Earl Township. The purchase will allow the company to close the satellite plant as well as move certain manufacturing operations out of the headquarters.

"Our business has grown significantly in the past five years, and this acquisition allows us to expand our product lines while building more efficiently," M.H. Eby president Travis Eby said in a news release. "It provides the opportunity to bring all of our PA manufacturing operations under one roof, and gives us additional room to grow."

M.H. Eby has had its headquarters in East Earl Township since 1984. The space also houses the company's aluminum trailer manufacturing, retail sales and parts and services department. The satellite plant, located about a mile from headquarters at the Earland Industrial Park, opened in 2014 and includes fabrication, truck body assembly and equipment trailer assembly operations.

All Pennsylvania manufacturing will eventually move to the new plant in Ephrata. The company plans to phase out the Earland facility over the next year, and the headquarters will become an expanded parts and services office, as well as home to a sales force focused on customers in southeastern Pennsylvania.

M.H. Eby operates seven total manufacturing and service facilities in five states. With $100 million in reported revenue last year, it ranks among the largest privately held companies in Lancaster County.

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Jennifer Wentz

Jennifer Wentz

Jennifer Wentz covers Lancaster County, York County, financial services, taxation and legal services. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at jwentz@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @jenni_wentz.

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