MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley County Development Authority announced Tuesday Rust-Oleum will lease 630,000 of space in the former GM building in Martinsburg and employ up to 100 workers at a new distribution operation.
Rust-Oleum will be consolidating operations from its Williamsport, Md. facility into the space at the Shockey Commerce Center.
“The I-81 corridor is strategically important to our long term success, and service for our East Coast customers,” said Barry Horner, VP Logistics and Operations for Rust-Oleum Corp. in a prepared release. “Berkeley County and the State of West Virginia demonstrated a pro-business attitude and competitive business environment. We’re very happy to be investing in West Virginia.”
Berkeley County Development Authority Executive Director Stephen Christian said the authority has been working with Rust-Oleum since last April.
“There has been detailed analysis of a variety of solutions, including a possible new build-to-suit warehouse,” Christian said. “The competition is always strong in our section of the I-81 corridor, but the longer Rust-Oleum examined the market, the better Berkeley County looked. And the more they liked Shockey’s existing building solution.”
Rust-Oleum is a top manufacturer of protective paints and coatings for home and industry use.