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  1. Shirtmaking in America alive in Baltimore County

    By Bryan Dunn, Baltimore County Department of Economic & Workforce Development

    Inside the factory, sewing machines line up in rows, sounding like newsroom typewriters clacking in pre-computer days. Workers perform traditional operations, individually marking, cutting and sewing each piece with a master’s touch.

    The classic shape of the sewing machines sit naturally on the historic factory floor in Essex. The owner of the Aetna Shirt Company points to a portion of the building that was once a dance hall and men’s club circa 1922. Some of the original floor is still intact.

    A century of craftsmanship

    Aetna Shirt was founded in Baltimore in 1916. In contrast to its historic setting in eastern Baltimore County, Aetna Shirt combines traditional techniques with digitized marking and cutting technology and computerized machinery to ensure a consistent, yet customized, product. A new 21st century venture, Urban Design, manufactures shirts for retail stores in Japan.  

    Dr. Daniel Kohn, owner of Aetna Shirt, describes the company’s focus, “Aetna offers diverse types of shirts including oxford buttons downs, Italian style formals, military formals and lab coats for clients ranging from the U.S. Army and Air Force to Johns Hopkins University.” 

    Watch the video below to get an inside look at a lost manufacturing art, alive and well in Baltimore County.


    The next generation of shirt-making

    Aetna offers tutorials for aspiring designers and shirt-makers. Participants study the shirt-making process to better understand the challenges and advantages of making shirts domestically. Visit to learn more. 

    Baltimore County is home to 492 manufacturing companies and 13,800 manufacturing jobs that generate $948 million in total annual wages.

    Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:51:00 GMT
  2. County Animal Services passes milestone of 10,000 spay/neuter procedures

    Sets goal of 20,000 in 2017 with opening of new spay/neuter facility in southwest area 

    County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced today that the Animal Services Division of the Baltimore County Department of Health has reached an important milestone by performing their 10,000th spay/neuter procedure since opening an on-site surgical suite in the Fall of 2013. This is a significant accomplishment which advances the public health goal of reducing the population of homeless animals throughout Baltimore County.

    Kamenetz also announced the opening on December 3 of the County’s second satellite spay/neuter location in Southwest Area Park in Baltimore Highlands, and that the County has set a new goal of altering 20,000 cats and dogs in 2017.

    “We have made tremendous strides in upgrading Animal Services and reducing the population of stray animals in our communities, and with our new low-cost spay/neuter facilities in three locations around the County, we are determined to reach the goal of doubling our positive results by altering 20,000 animals in the next calendar year,” Kamenetz said.

    Before the County began performing spay/neuter surgeries on shelter animals in the Fall of 2013 at its main facility in Baldwin, people who adopted pets from the County’s animal shelter were provided with vouchers to help offset the cost of having their animal altered elsewhere. Since then, over 6,300 animals have been altered at Baldwin.  Last summer, the County’s Dundalk spay/neuter facility opened, and has performed in excess of 3,800 spay/neuter procedures.

    “My Council colleagues and I welcome the new westside facility that will make it much more convenient for our constituents to avail themselves of low-cost spay/neuter services,” said County Council Chair Vicki Almond.

    “I am very pleased by the improvements the County has made to Animal Services, and the new spay/neuter location in Baltimore Highlands is a great expansion of service for pet owners in the southwest area of Baltimore County that will go a long way toward reducing the number of unwanted animals in the future,” said 1st District Councilman Tom Quirk.

    Free spay/neuter services for residents in many southwest and southeast zip codes

    Baltimore County Animal Services has been awarded a grant from the Maryland Department of Agriculture to cover the costs of altering 1,083 dogs and cats from three specific areas in southwest Baltimore County, including zip codes 21207 (Woodlawn), 21227 (Halethorpe), 21244 (Windsor Mill). Spay/neuter surgeries will be free for residents in those identified areas, until these grant funds are depleted.

    At the same time, as part of the promotion for the westside facility, the County will also offer free spay/neuter services for 1,083 dogs and cats from areas in southeast Baltimore County, in zip codes 21222 (Dundalk), 21219 (Edgemere), 21224 (Dundalk), 21221 (Essex), 21237 (Rosedale) and 21220 (Middle River).

    Facilities in Dundalk and Baltimore Highlands offer low-cost spay/neuter services for domestic cats and dogs

    Baltimore County now has two satellite spay/neuter centers in Dundalk and in Southwest Area Park in Baltimore Highlands, greatly reducing travel time for residents, who previously had to take their pets to the County’s main Animal Services facility in Baldwin to take advantage of the County’s low-cost spay/neuter program.

    All three of the County’s Animal Services locations offer spay/neuter services for cats and dogs for the low cost of $20, by appointment only. To encourage responsible pet ownership and decrease overpopulation of unwanted animals, this program includes:

    • Spay/neuter procedure
    • First distemper and rabies shots
    • Deworming
    • A County license
    • Microchip

    “My staff and I are very pleased with the results we are seeing in Dundalk and are excited to expand to better serve pet owners and their animals on the County’s westside,” said the County’s Director of Animal Services, Melissa Jones, V.M.D.

    County residents may schedule appointments and find more information, including animal restrictions on the County’s website at

    Appointments are available now at the new Spay/Neuter Center located at 7702 Dunmanway in Dundalk, at the Southwest Area Park location, located at 3941 Klunk Drive in  Brooklyn, and at the County’s main Animal Services location, 13800 Manor Road in Baldwin. Advance payment by debit or credit card is required. No payment of any type is accepted at the facility.

    Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:56:00 GMT
  3. Kamenetz to attend Pugh inauguration

    Pledges regional cooperation

    Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz issued the following statement on the eve of Mayor-Elect Catherine Pugh's inauguration:

    “With congratulations to my good friend Catherine Pugh as she becomes Mayor of the great City of Baltimore, I also reaffirm Baltimore County’s commitment as a regional partner to address issues of job growth, education, transportation, housing and public safety. The future of Baltimore City is bright and I look forward to working with Mayor Pugh to build that future.” 

    Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:50:00 GMT
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