Last week got pretty wild.
For months, we knew a Fortune 500 company was looking to relocate within York County to Hopewell Township using a tax incentive program that needed approval from the school board, township and commissioners.
If they didn’t get what they needed, they’d likely go to Maryland — or so we’re told.
Not knowing who it was frustrated the hell out of me.
I narrowed it down. I knew it couldn’t be Harley, because they just renovated their existing site into a state-of-the-art facility. Why would they move?
This mystery haunted my dreams. (OK, not really.)
South Eastern School Board approved the plan for the aforementioned mystery company the day before Thanksgiving. This meant the company name and plan would be available at the township.
I rolled up to Hopewell Township offices around 8 a.m. that Monday. The offices had been closed for Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday.
It was then, I heard the magic words: Johnson Controls.
I knew it. Here are the stories I’ve done on the company’s potential move so far:
- Day 1: Johnson Controls eyes Hopewell Township for relocation
- Day 2: A report (which is embedded via DocumentCloud the story, by the way) reveals details of the incentive plan
- Day 3: Freaking long Sunday story fleshing out the Johnson Controls move and what it means to all involved
Also, interestingly enough, the New York Times ran this story in their Sunday paper about corporations and tax incentives. It sort of mirrors what’s going on in York County, but on steroids.
Love when that happens.