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photo of Acadia Windows manufacturing plantRick Johnson,
Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development

Since the days of aluminum storm windows in 1947, Acadia Windows & Doors has manufactured commercial and residential windows and doors in Rosedale. Skilled workers turn large sheets of glass, saws, and presses into energy efficient vinyl products engineered for maximum durability. Acadia’s products benefit from proprietary engineering, high tech equipment, and lean (and green) manufacturing processes. Today, Acadia is recognized as one of the East Coast’s major manufacturers of new and replacement windows and doors.

Since 2005, Acadia has worked closely with the Arc Northern Chesapeake Region (The Arc NCR) to provide employment opportunities to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Acadia has hired nine employees from The Arc NCR with great success.  "We didn’t partner with The Arc NCR to be altruistic; we partnered with them because it makes sense as a business decision,” said Acadia’s Vice President of Manufacturing Neill Christopher. “This is a great pool of workers.”

Arc NCR workers have made a difference on the manufacturing floor, performing tasks that resulted in production line improvements for the company.  Arc NCR workers earn the same wages as people without disabilities doing the same job, and interact with their peers at the company in an integrated work environment.

“We had a great deal of trepidation when The Arc NCR first approached us,” continued Christopher. “This is a manufacturing environment, with large sheets of glass, saws and presses, all capable of inflicting serious injury.  What we learned is that everything that we did to make things safer for our team members from The Arc NCR made it safer for everyone else as well.  We’re an OSHA SHARP site; proud of our safety record while striving to always make our facility safer for all who work or visit here."

Acadia's success story with Arc was so impressive, the company was asked to join a panel at a National Governors Association meeting to discuss their experience in the field of disability employment.

When disabilities are not barriers, everyone wins.

SBRC logoDavid Heitlinger
Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce

What do law firms, financial institutions and accounting firms all have in common? They all need to network to prosper and grow.

This week is National Small Business Week and to celebrate, the Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center will be hosting its annual Open House on Wednesday, May 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The event is a great opportunity to interact and build relationships with the people who move small business in Baltimore County. This year’s event will feature a complimentary breakfast, catered by the Spriggs’ Honey Biscuits Inc., who are being honored for their entrepreneurial achievements.

Cliff and Tracie Spriggs opened their catering business in 2005. Since then, they have incubated eight successful startups, including the cupcake designer Icedgems Baking. From patissiers to sauciers, the Spriggs have helped over 300 chefs cultivate their craft in their Randallstown kitchen.

“Small businesses are the backbone of a diverse, growing and economically viable Baltimore County,” said Keith Scott, president and CEO of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce and Small Business Resource Center.

For more than 30 years, the resource center has been a fixture within the county and its business community. Small businesses depend on the SBRC to help them turn their dreams into reality. Honey Biscuits Inc. is a testament to the wealth of knowledge that the SBRC counselors provide.

The Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center is a partnership between the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce and the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development. SBRC works with prospective and current small business owners to assist in establishing, growing and improving their businesses.

Visit the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce website to read more here.

crab malletTim Murphy, Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development

Apparently, folks have been digging into a lot more steamed crabs and slurping more spicy crab soup if sales at J.O. Spice Company are any indication.  The Halethorpe company, established in 1945, manufactures crab seasonings, soups, batters and breadings for restaurants.   J.O. Spice’s online and retail stores offer seasonings and soups, plus Maryland crab jewelry, engraved mallets, crafts, and other “crabby” items. The company has just added 17,000 square feet of space to expand the growing retail portion of their business.

You can find J.O. Spice products in many crab houses throughout Maryland, by visiting the new store or online at . 

To celebrate their newly expanded retail store, J.O. Spice is holding a ribbon cutting Saturday, April 5, at 11:00 a.m. at 3721 Old Georgetown Road in Halethorpe.  All are welcome to attend for tastings, giveaways, and more. 

Stop by so you’re ready for outdoor crab season!

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