PLS Logistics, a company that helps industrial businesses coordinate their shipments with trucking firms, is relocating its 250 person operation from Rochester, at the confluence of the Beaver and Ohio Rivers, across the county line to Cranberry Township. PLS, which already had 50 staff members working in Cranberry, is consolidating its entire workforce into a newly constructed 40,000 square foot office in Cranberry Business Park. The company has aggressive growth plans in place and contemplates significant expansion over the next several years. A team of PLS executives mapped out where the company’s current employees lived and concluded that Cranberry would provide a central location. Easy access to I-79 and the Turnpike were also cited as reasons for the company’s move.
The company’s new building, a project of longtime Cranberry land developer Dick Donley, had been built on speculation. But keen interest among prospective tenants in its flexible, single-story floor plan is leading Donley to move ahead with plans for a similar building there sometime soon, according to Grubb & Ellis, the business park’s representative. However no applications for a sister building have been filed with the Township to date. Mr. Donley was one of six members appointed to the Township’s transportation impact fee advisory board who, in 2007, unanimously recommended that the fee assessed to land developers be increased by 23 percent.
Sources: Pittsburgh Business Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Township staff