It All Started with a Phone Call

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It All Started with a Phone Call

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In 1990, Tom Potter, President of Datum Filing Systems, made a call to York County’s Economic Development Corporation, inquiring about York County as a potential location to relocate the business he owns and runs with his brothers, Chris, Bill and Steve.

Operating as Datum Storage Solutions, the company is a producer of storage solutions for commercial, industrial and government use.

Fast forward to 2016 to find that not only did the Potters relocate their business (and families) to York County, but have since expanded manufacturing operations twice. Datum’s first location in York County was a newly constructed manufacturing facility on Borom Road in the City of York’s Business and Industry Park.

The Economic Development Corporation was pleased to facilitate two economic development loan programs which reduced Datum’s borrowing cost. The company outgrew that facility and constructed a facility on Church Road in Manchester Township around 2000, and utilized tax-exempt financing through the York County Industrial Development Authority.

In early May 2016, Datum Filing Systems closed on a $3,570,000 tax-exempt bond issue via the YCIDA. Datum will use the financing provided by Wells Fargo, to construct a 75,000 square feet plant addition and acquire a press brake.

At the end of Datum’s first year operating in York County, its employee count hit the mid-thirties, which has tripled to date. The company anticipates creating an additional 25 jobs within the next three years.

Even though that first call from Tom Potter was almost 25 years ago, YCEA staffer, Kenetha Hansen remembers it well. Looking back, Hansen realizes that relocations involving the relocation of a multi-family member-owned business like Datum’s are rare. Hansen recalls that “Tom was very intent on doing what was best for the company, as well as, his and his brothers’ families. I really respected that, and am thrilled that the Potter family chose York County for both.”

Tom Potter, President, adds, “Since 1992 York County has been a great home to Datum and all the Potter families. We have found excellent employees, who are a key to our success, and with the help of Kenetha Hansen and the YCIDA and YCEDC, we have been able to continually grow our business. We are looking forward to the next 25 years.”

For more information on economic development loan programs, contact Kenetha Hansen, Vice President, York County Economic Alliance at 717.718.7841 or