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Dan Gundersen

Executive Director, Baltimore County Department of Economic Development

They're longer than four football fields and can carry three times the cargo of any vessel.  And they're coming soon to a port near you.

A new generation of super ships will begin sailing through the Panama Canal beginning in 2014. The Port of Baltimore is getting ready for these huge visitors, with the Seagirt Marine Terminal in Dundalk undergoing a major expansion.

Baltimore County has launched a major economic development initiative to help us capitalize on the Port's tremendous growth. A new Sparrows Point Partnership brings together 16 prominent business and private sector leaders to look at port-related business and job growth opportunities in Sparrows Point, North Point, Essex, Rossville and Middle River.

We already have a strong industrial base that includes a network of manufacturers, suppliers, logistics and distribution companies and their trained workers. We have deepwater access, two commercial rail lines, interstate access, and land zoned for industry.

Bring on the super ships!


Dan Gundersen
Executive Director, Baltimore County Department of Economic Development

Photograph of BD Diagnostics sign on Loveton Circle.You see BD’s blue and orange logo when you travel north on I-83, but how many people know what the company actually does? I recently joined County Executive Kamenetz on a visit to BD in Sparks – headquarters of its Diagnostics Systems unit – to find out more about one of the region’s largest life sciences employers.

Tom Polen, President of BD Diagnostics - Diagnostic Systems, spends a lot of time on the road, whether the road is in China, Canada, or BD’s corporate headquarters in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. Tom briefed us on BD’s extensive Baltimore County operations. 

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) is a Fortune 500 company-- #316 to be exact. With more than 1,600 employees in Baltimore County, BD’s Diagnostics Systems unit develops, manufactures and sells advanced medical devices that help diagnose infectious diseases and cancers. BD has six locations in Sparks and Cockeysville in more than one million square feet of space – about the size of White Marsh mall if you put all the buildings together. BD products are designed, built and shipped from Baltimore County to hospitals, medical offices and pharmaceutical companies around the world.

At BD labs in Sparks, biomedical scientists have developed new software and instruments to more accurately and quickly identify which type of infection a patient has and which drug will be most effective to fight it.  These extensive research and development operations will lead to the discovery of new diagnostic tools to improve people’s health and cut health care costs. 

BD’s plant in Cockeysville operates 24/7 and manufactures millions (Or something less specific than the actual quantity) of petri dishes per year. Petri dishes are used in labs to grow cultures that help detect and diagnose diseases and develop new drugs.

BD’s Diagnostic Systems unit was born out of four Baltimore biotech start-up companies that commercialized research from Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland. Today, the ideas, innovation and science born in Baltimore universities are key elements of BD, one of Baltimore County and Maryland’s largest employers and a worldwide leader in combating disease.
 


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