Governor Wolf Announces Manufacturing Company Guardian Booth Relocating Headquarters from New York to Central Pennsylvania

Company will invest $4.5 million and create 33 new jobs in Franklin County

Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Guardian Booth, the industry-leading manufacturer of prefabricated structures, will create 33 new jobs as its headquarters relocate from Orangeburg, New York to Waynesboro, Franklin County. The company also plans to expand its product line by acquiring prefab home manufacturer Homes by Keystone and retaining its employees.

“The relocation of Guardian Booth’s headquarters is a tremendous win for Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “This manufacturer will bring new jobs to Franklin County and retain employees that would otherwise close its doors when it buys Homes by Keystone. Between our Northeast location and skilled workforce, Commonwealth manufacturing companies that want to open stores in Pennsylvania and succeed. It has a lot to offer.”

Guardian Booth has committed to investing $4.5 million in the relocation project and creating 33 new full-time jobs over the next three years. The company will retain the prefab home builder’s 20 existing employees as part of its acquisition of Homes by Keystone, located at 13338 Midvale Road in Waynesboro.

“We are so grateful to the state of Pennsylvania for inviting us into the community and for the great opportunity this presents our company,” said Abraham Taub, owner and CEO of Guardian Booth, LLC. “Our strategic mandate is to expand our geographic reach to support customers in the mid-Atlantic, northeast, Midwest and southeast while increasing our manufacturing footprint over the next few years; Franklin County was an excellent choice for location. We feel lucky to have found Homes by Keystone, which has so much synergy with our current business model and allows Guardian Booth to expand its portfolio into modular prefab homes.”

The company received a funding offer from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) $165,000 Pennsylvania First grant, a $106,000 workforce development grant to train new employees, and was encouraged to apply for the department’s Manufacturing Tax Credit (MTC) program.

The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, a seasoned group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses considering settling or expanding in Pennsylvania.

Gov. Wolf has invested more than $17 billion over the past seven years to support 420 completed projects through the GAT, create more than 47,000 new jobs, and retain more than 143,000 jobs for Pennsylvanians.

“Franklin County Area Development Corporation is excited to welcome Guardian Booth to Waynesboro,” said Mike Ross, FCADC Chairman. The economic development support of Homes By Keystone’s acquisition and the fact that its current operation resulted in a $4.5 million capital investment from Orangeburg, New York, the creation of 33 new jobs and the retention of 20 current employees reflects a collaborative approach. Effort of FCADC and Governor Action Team.”

Guardian Booth is a manufacturer of prefab booths for guards, park attendants, ticket vendors and cashiers. In addition, Guardian Booth is the market leader in portable security safes and modular office safes. Focusing on safety, efficiency and professional appearance, Guardian Booth’s research team has designed high-quality protection cabins. For more information on the Governor’s Action Team or the Department of Community and Economic Development, visit the DCED website.

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