Baltimore County News
One-day event is Sunday, Nov. 6
On Sunday, November 6, Baltimore County residents may bring household hazardous waste items to a one-day collection event scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Western Acceptance Facility, located at 3310 Transway Road in Halethorpe. The event is hosted by the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS) in cooperation with the Police, Fire and Public Works departments.
Baltimore County residents may bring household paints and chemicals, lawn and garden chemicals, automotive fluids, cleaning solvents, swimming pool chemicals, re-chargeable batteries, medicines, mercury thermometers and thermostats, fluorescent light bulbs, fireworks, and ammunition. No trash will be accepted at this event.
White Marsh HHW drop-off center open
For those residents who can’t make it to the one-day event, Baltimore County operates a full service household hazardous waste drop-off facility at the Eastern Sanitary Landfill, located at 6259 Days Cove Road in White Marsh. This facility operates Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Spring 2017 collection event announced
The spring 2017 household hazardous waste one-day collection event will be held on Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Eastern Sanitary Landfill, located at 6259 Days Cove Road in White Marsh.
Residents may call the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability at 410-887-3745 for more information.
By Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore County Executive
There’s a lot of talk about how things are not made in the U.S.A. any more. I offer some Baltimore County numbers in response: 13,800 manufacturing jobs. 492 manufacturing companies. $948 million total annual wages.
Who are Baltimore County’s manufacturers?
We have large manufacturers like McCormick, BD Diagnostic Systems and Textron -- each of these companies employs over one thousand workers at their plants in Sparks and Hunt Valley.
But most manufacturers are smaller companies, with fewer than 500 workers each. Here is a small sample of the companies that make products in Baltimore County.
Green Bay Packaging manufactures cardboard boxes; Marquip Ward United and Sun Automation make the machines that make the boxes.
Custom textiles are made by Aetna Shirt Company in Essex and Pilgrim Shoes makes specialized footwear in Woodlawn.
Windshield wipers by Saver Automotive are made in Halethorpe and windows and doors are manufactured by Acadia in Rosedale.
Precision metal and plastic parts are manufactured in machine shops like Sumatech, Aztec MetalWorks, Bass Machining, and Lenson Machine for companies such as Middle River Aircraft Systems and Honda.
Lots of great food and beverage products are made in Baltimore County –wineries such as Boordy, Woodhall and DeJon, craft beers from DuClaw and Heavy Seas, True Citrus flavorings and Tessamae’s dressings. And to balance the calories, Medifast.
Even the thin brown paper that helps seal in the freshness of Hershey’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups is made by Mann-Pak, a packaging company in Middle River.
Today’s industrial revolution is also a technology revolution
Some call it precision manufacturing, or additive manufacturing or advanced manufacturing. Regardless of the description, technology now allows manufacturers to achieve levels of precision and productivity we could not imagine even just a few years ago.
Potomac Photonics at bwtech at UMBC uses lasers, 3D printers and other technologies to alter and develop products with extreme precision, to the scale of one micron, smaller than a particle of dust.
Pharmaceutics International (PII), a custom drug manufacturer in Hunt Valley, develops small molecules into custom drug formulations.
Robotics, computer aided design and advanced engineering have revolutionized production lines. You can see the changes at the GM transmission plant in White Marsh, in the Coty plant in Cockeysville where Cover Girl and Max Factor cosmetics are made, and where complex vertical launch systems are designed and built at Lockheed Martin in Middle River.
Innovate, design, engineer, build
Baltimore County companies have the expertise to not only make things, but to use the innovation of our well-educated workforce to design, engineer, test and come up with the next great thing.
We see this at Stanley Black & Decker in Towson, where over 1,000 people develop and test new consumer products. We see it at the TIC Gums R&D center in White Marsh, where chemists are coming up with new ways to improve foods. We see it in the test kitchens at McCormick’s Innovation Center and in the engineering labs at Lockheed, Textron and Middle River Aircraft Systems.
High level technology needs high level skills
As product development and technology change, companies need workers with higher skill levels than ever before. Our department of economic and workforce development is partnering with our public schools, CCBC, colleges and universities to be sure the talent is ready when the jobs are ready.
Watch this video for a visit to GM, ATI Performance race car products and circuit board-maker Zentech Manufacturing, plus see how our public schools are preparing tomorrow’s manufacturing workers.
From caulk and cosmetics to beer and wine, a lot of great things are made in Baltimore County. And we have 492 manufacturers and 13,800 jobs to prove it.
Accessible building enables year-round park and nature programs
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and members of the Lake Roland Nature Council cut the ribbon on a new $1.4 million nature center designed to provide year-round indoor space and enhanced access to nature and educational programs.
“We took this historic gem of a park, which was truly a diamond in the rough, and restored its luster, and this new nature center greatly expands everyone’s ability to enjoy all four seasons at the park,” said Kamenetz. “The Lake Roland Nature Council volunteers do a tremendous job with hosting programs and activities and managing the Paw Point Dog Park and we are very pleased to support the efforts of the Council and park staff with this fully accessible, attractive new building.”
This much anticipated addition to Lake Roland provides year-round education, programming and meeting space. The 2,585 square-foot center includes educational and meeting space with audio/visual capabilities. It is accessible to people with physical challenges and features a series of glass doors onto an expansive deck that provides a clear view of the picturesque Lake Roland dam.
Total cost for this project is $1.4 million, which includes $325,000 in County funding, $200,000 in State capital grants, $535,000 in Program Open Space and $340,000 in nature council fundraising.
The architect for the project is Hord Coplan Macht, and North Point Builders is the contractor.
“Lake Roland is a magnificent park and this new nature center is a wonderful addition that offers the opportunity for year-round access and expanded nature programming,” said Council Chair Vicki Almond.
Programs at the Nature Center
The Lake Roland Nature Council coordinates and hosts a wide range of programs for children and adults, and having this indoor space available is tremendously helpful for all programs. Some highlights include:
- Nature scouts after-school program;
- Halloween hikes and Zombie Hoard Scavenger Hunt;
- Trails Over Truancy – a program targeting at-risk Baltimore City youth, many of whom have never spent time in nature;
- Senior walking groups;
- Astronomy lectures;
- A Bird Extravaganza international bird count scheduled for this February;
- Mt. Washington Pediatrics Hospital nature programs for patients;
- Plans for collaboration with park patrons to for native plant landscape design around the nature center – a living classroom concept.
Baltimore County took over operations of the park in 2009 and made significant improvements including replacing the bridge leading into the park, strengthening the lake shoreline, building a popular dog park and constructing a pavilion and nature-themed playground. Since the County management of the park, attendance has increased seven-fold from about 42,000 people per year to upwards of 310,000 visitors annually.
Revised September 26, 2016