Baltimore County Now
Bryan Dunn, Marketing Specialist, Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development
First, the news. Congratulations to Carchex in Hunt Valley, which grew its workforce by 42 percent since January. The company, which provides direct-to-consumer aftermarket vehicle protection plans, also moved to larger quarters last year at the Hunt Valley Towne Centre for a location that would allow them to grow. Apparently it’s working out. And they’re still hiring.
Carchex is in good company in the hot I-83 business corridor. There’s JMT’s recent announcement of a new Hunt Valley headquarters, McCormick & Company’s decision to continuing growing in Baltimore County, US Lacrosse breaking ground on a new headquarters that includes a museum and national training facility, and Kelly & Associates Insurance Group moving its 500 employees to a larger headquarters in Sparks. The vibrant Hunt Valley-Sparks business community has helped the hotel industry as well, with the just completed $15 million renovation of the 392-room Hunt Valley Inn Wyndham Grand on Shawan Road.
Carchex Hiring Now
If you’re interested in joining the Carchex team, don’t miss a career open house for inside sales representatives on Wednesday, June 17, 6 to 8 p.m. at the company’s Hunt Valley headquarters.
Help for Growing Businesses
Regardless of where your business is located in Baltimore County, the County’s workforce experts are ready to put resources in your hands to make it easier to grow. For instance, if your company is hiring a significant number of new employees in a 24-month period, you may be eligible for the Maryland Job Creation Tax Credit. That’s just one of many incentive programs available. For more information, give Baltimore County Economic and Workforce Development a call at 410-887-8000.
Another Home-Grown Success in Baltimore County
Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson (JMT), a nationally-ranked architectural and engineering firm headquartered in Sparks, today announced it will move to a new building to be built on Wight Avenue in Hunt Valley.
The five story, 130,000 square foot building will consolidate about 600 Baltimore County employees to the new, larger headquarters.
“JMT’s new headquarters near the recently announced McCormick campus in Hunt Valley anchors another home-grown success in Baltimore County,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “In over 40 years, JMT has grown into one of the top-ranked architectural and engineering firms in the country. With this new headquarters building, we look forward to even more growth by JMT here in Baltimore County.”
Engineering News-Record recently ranked JMT 75th in the country by annual revenue.
“After 25 years in our headquarters at 72 Loveton Circle in Sparks, JMT has outgrown our space. Baltimore County has been a perfect location as JMT expanded into new markets and services. We love the location because of its convenience to both the Baltimore region and Pennsylvania. Our agreement with Greenfield Partners in the new Hunt Valley building will keep us headquartered in Baltimore County for the foreseeable future,” said Jack Moeller, P.E., President of JMT.
Companywide, the firm employs 1,200 engineers, architects, planners, environmental scientists, surveyors, construction and program managers, inspectors, designers, CADD technicians, and GIS and information technology specialists.
JMT provides professional consulting services to a wide variety of public and private entities. This diversification of markets and services has resulted in considerable geographic expansion from one office in Maryland, to strategically located offices across the United States.
The New Building
Design has started on the new building at 40 Wight Avenue, with construction expected to begin later in 2015. JMT expects to move in early 2017.
A rendering of the new JMT headquarters building (Credit: Design Collective)
Other Recent Announcements
JMT is the most recent headquarters announcement along the I-83 corridor in Baltimore County. McCormick & Company announced Hunt Valley as the location for its new campus, which will bring 900 employees together in a state of the art building at Shawan and York Road. US Lacrosse is building a new headquarters, museum and national training facility on Loveton Circle at York Road in Sparks. Kelly & Associates Insurance Group will be moving its 500 employees to larger headquarters in Sparks after purchasing and renovating a former Fila building.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Will Anderson, Director, Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development
The economic development race was on when McCormick & Company, the global spice and flavorings powerhouse, announced it was looking for a new headquarters campus location. We suspect there was a gleam of hope in the eyes of every governor, county executive and mayor in the mid-Atlantic as they revved up their economic development operations and opened Power Point to prepare their pitches.
Baltimore County rolled up its sleeves. One of the first business meetings of this administration was with the CEO of McCormick, one of our largest employers. Maintaining that sound relationship set the groundwork for open dialogue as the company started its site selection process. Baltimore County worked for more than13 months to identify sites and appropriate incentives to meet the company’s requirements.
After rounds of due diligence and a lot of public speculation, McCormick chose to stay home, in Baltimore County Maryland.
Here’s why we believe McCormick decided to stay and invest here.
· Baltimore County’s business climate is right for a global company. Our property and income tax rates have not gone up for decades. This stability is critical for business planning.
· For more than 40 years, McCormick’s C-level headquarters and key operations have been spread out in northern Baltimore County. An R&D innovation center and two active manufacturing plants already are in Hunt Valley, so it made good business sense to have these operations and talent closer together in a 21st century business environment.
· McCormick employs more than 10,000 people around the world. One fifth of McCormick’s workforce – 2,100 employees – work in Baltimore County. About 900 of these employees will be moving to the new Hunt Valley campus.
· McCormick is a global publicly traded company with $4.2 billion in annual sales of spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and flavorings. Baltimore County has ready access to international airports, Wall Street decision makers and services that support manufacturing and trade.
· McCormick told us they need a location that helps them recruit and retain top-tier talent. Hunt Valley is a perfect fit. We have some of the region’s most exclusive executive housing and great schools. Hunt Valley Towne Centre and Wegmans are right across the street from the new headquarters site. Plus employees can take light rail right from work to an Os or Ravens game.
So we say ‘thank you McCormick’ and raise a jumbo crab doused with OLD BAY in your honor. We’re glad you chose to stay here in Baltimore County, home of McCormick innovation for generations to come.