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No Unusual or Problematic Protest-Related Activity Occurred this Week

Chief Johnson released this statement Wednesday afternoon: "I want to assure citizens and local businesses that there is no need to curtail their daily business as a result of the ongoing unrest in Baltimore City," said Police Chief Jim Johnson.

"We have experienced no unusual activity here, and there are no indications that anything unusual is planned."

"Police continue to monitor social media and other sources for rumors about gatherings and other protest-related activity. The department is taking these messages seriously and has appropriate resources available for deployment, should the need for them occur. At this time, however, there are no credible threats to Baltimore County."

"Our county is uneventful and safe. There is no need for businesses, schools and other institutions to disrupt normal operations," Chief Johnson said.

Continued Support for BPD

BCoPD continues to support the Baltimore City Police Department. This afternoon, BCoPD sent about 50 officers back to Baltimore to assist with protests. The same number of county officers was deployed Monday and Tuesday.

Since last weekend, BCoPD has provided backup Tactical, K-9 and Aviation support for BPD's daily calls for service. In addition, Baltimore County Police are handling duties normally handled by the Maryland State Police in Baltimore County.

Hunt Valley is Preferred Location

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz publicly thanked the leadership of McCormick and Company Incorporated, who announced that the company has selected a site in Baltimore County at Shawan and York Road in Hunt Valley as the preferred location for its new headquarters.

The decision keeps a total of 2,100 McCormick employees in Baltimore County at the firm’s corporate headquarters, a Technical Innovation Center and two manufacturing plants. About 900 of these employees will work at the new Hunt Valley campus, which will consolidate current operations from several Baltimore County locations in the Maryland I-83 corridor.

Top Economic Priority

“We are thrilled that McCormick has chosen to keep its corporate headquarters in Baltimore County,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “In every conversation I have had with Chairman and CEO Alan Wilson over the past several years, I made it very clear that McCormick is a valued part of our business community and that retaining their headquarters and operations in Baltimore County is a top economic development priority."

“We thank Director Will Anderson and our County Economic and Workforce Development team, Governor Hogan and DBED Secretary Mike Gill for working together to keep McCormick home,” added Kamenetz.

“We are very excited about our plans to relocate our headquarters to our preferred site in Hunt Valley. I'd like to thank Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz for his support and understanding of McCormick's vision for the future. We look forward to a continued partnership as we finalize the agreement over the next few months, and as we build, occupy and grow in our new headquarters over the next several years," said Alan Wilson, Chairman and CEO, McCormick & Company, Inc.

About McCormick

McCormick, founded in Baltimore in 1889, has been headquartered in the Sparks-Hunt Valley area of Baltimore County for more than 40 years. McCormick manufactures, markets and distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and flavors to the food industry in more than 125 countries and territories.

“Hunt Valley offers a 21st century business environment that will continue to propel McCormick innovation for generations to come,” concluded County Executive Kamenetz. “This is a win for the County, a win for Hunt Valley and a win for an innovative global company with Baltimore roots going back more than a century.”

Image of steak, salad and glass of wine.

Fronda Cohen
Baltimore County Office of Communications

Deck your kitchen cupboards with fresh, local Baltimore County ingredients. How many County-made foods can you include on your table? It’s a great way to try something new and support our local companies. Here are some serving suggestions.

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