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Facility Brings 60 Jobs to Dundalk
QRS of Maryland, LLC, a joint venture between QRS and Canusa-Hershman Recycling Company, has opened a one-of-a kind recycling facility in Dundalk to separate and recycle post-consumer household plastics.
The $15 million plant, with more than $10 million in high-tech processing equipment, will create 60 full-time jobs at capacity.
“QRS of Maryland brings new jobs, new investment and a steady stream of plastics recycling that will help us all live in a more environmentally-friendly way,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “Dundalk’s central Mid-Atlantic location, transportation and distribution routes are a perfect fit for the growing domestic plastic recycling business.”
The facility is expected to help divert tens of thousands of tons annually from landfills and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions according to the Closed Loop Fund, an impact investment fund that makes below-market loans for recycling infrastructure. The QRS plant in Dundalk, Maryland is the first full recycling facility investment by the Fund, which has established partnerships with major corporations including Procter & Gamble, 3M, WalMart and Johnson and Johnson.
"Our newest Plastic Recovery Facility in Baltimore County provides communities and recyclers throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions with a reliable, domestic processing solution for mixed, post-consumer plastic containers,” said Greg Janson, CEO of QRS.
New Technology Will Increase Reuse of Raw Materials
The QRS plant combines technology that for the first time will be able to both separate products by resin type and repurpose them into raw materials for new products and packaging. The facility incorporates the latest optical scanning and cleaning equipment and is able to process 4,500 tons of materials every month – nearly double the capacity of what’s presently available domestically.
“With this new plant, QRS of Maryland is helping to re-shore the plastic manufacturing business to the United States. With reliable, large quantities of sorted and cleaned plastic available for re-use, manufacturers can more easily expand product lines using recycled plastic,” added County Executive Kamenetz.
County Helping with Job Recruitment
Baltimore County is assisting QRS as they recruit workers for the plant. “Our career centers in Eastpoint, Liberty Road and Hunt Valley can help job seekers interested in working at the QRS plant,” said Will Anderson, Director of the Department of Economic and Workforce Development.
Information on Baltimore County American Job Center locations and job seeker services can be found online.
Project to Include Prominent Retail and Health Care Tenants
Baltimore County announced today that the proposed Merritt Pavilion project at the former North Point school site would create 2,000 jobs for Dundalk, including 1,500 short term construction jobs during its build-out, and more than 500 permanent jobs once completed.
National tenants that signed letters of intent include popular, new to Dundalk, retailers such as Chipotle, Panera Bread, Chick-fil-a and Five Guys.
In addition, the project will include an internationally renowned medical center providing needed services to the community.
Modern Recreational Center
The development will also feature a modern, air conditioned 24,395 square foot Eastfield Community Center that will include a theater, a multi-purpose room and indoor facilities for soccer and wrestling programs. The new building was designed with substantial input from the recreation and theater users of the current building which was constructed in 1953 as a junior high school. An independent professional assessment cited the need for $18.5 million in repairs needed to bring the building up to modern code standards, citing ADA violations, asbestos removal, and window, plumbing and electrical replacements. Construction of the proposed new building would be paid from proceeds generated by the sale of the former school.
The project also includes upgrades to four baseball fields and two full-size soccer fields. In addition, the developer would pay for a new turf field at nearby Merritt Park.
Improved Quality of Life, Increased Jobs
“When you talk about positive economic development, it’s about two things: improving quality of life and increasing jobs,” said Will Anderson, Director of Economic and Workforce Development in Baltimore County. “Merritt Pavilion is a project that scores big on both fronts. New jobs, great health care and restaurant options, a new rec building, these are really strong additions for the community. These kinds of improvements will make Dundalk an even better place to live.”
“This project will create jobs, bring in national retailers, and most importantly replace a 60 -year old building with a larger and better space for recreation programs,” said Cary Quintana, Dundalk resident and small business owner. “Vibrant retail and a modern community center are just what Dundalk families want and need.”
“The Merritt Point Pavilion project in Dundalk is a boost to the entire region, with national retailers, a world renowned medical center, and more than 2,000 jobs in the Dundalk community,” said Michael E. Moore, CEO of Sparrows Point Terminal. “As we move forward with redeveloping Sparrows Point, we’re encouraged to see other projects and investments being made in the area that will make Southeastern Baltimore County an even more attractive place for companies and their employees to locate, live, work and raise a family.”
While the development awaits technical approval from the State’s Board of Public Works, Merritt Pavilion has already been approved by the Baltimore County Council on three occasions, by a Baltimore County Administrative Law Judge, by the Baltimore County Board of Appeals, by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, by the Maryland Department of Environment, and by the State Interagency Committee on School Construction.
Prepare and 'Learn the Ropes'
Baltimore County invites county residents to learn about the home-buying process, home rehabilitation grants, how to manage credit and more at Housing Resource Day, Saturday, October 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Eastpoint Mall in Dundalk.
The event will give Baltimore County residents face-to-face contact with housing industry professionals who will help prospective homeowners prepare and “learn the ropes.” The event will offer structured education sessions on home ownership, how to manage credit, how to get a home loan, and how to get funding toward a down payment or closing costs. Information also will be available about grants for home rehabilitation and safe lead paint removal.
In addition to classroom-style sessions, the event will feature vendors with information displays and giveaways.
The event is organized by the Baltimore County Department of Planning in partnership with Eastside Community Development Corporation, Inc. Learn more and register.