Baltimore County Now
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.
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.”
Bryan Dunn, Marketing Specialist, Department of Economic & Workforce Development
If you live in the Randallstown area, you often drive down Liberty Road to go to Home Depot or Walmart, take the kids to the Randallstown Community Center or perhaps have dinner at the new Ruby Tuesday or Colin’s restaurant. One thing you may have missed is the life-changing work happening at Baltimore County’s Liberty Center, a formerly vacant grocery store on Offutt and Liberty Roads.
The Liberty Center is where over 11,000 people went to change their lives last year, with resources for anyone looking to hone a personal brand and compete in today’s job market.
Free to the public, Liberty Center focuses on career paths, not merely placing jobs. Liberty Center is where Candy Kriegar learned how to leverage her experience as a small business owner to land an administrative position with Utility Line Corporation. It’s where Toyota Financial Services found Desitini Daniels, who went to Liberty Center to reboot her career after an employment contract ended. RG Steel worker Robert Goode got the career counseling he needed to get hired as a welder.
“We love what’s happening at Liberty. Connecting job seekers with these amazing employers, that’s what it’s all about,” said Will Anderson, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development.
Since opening in 2011, there has been no shortage of success, just as there is no shortage of opportunity – all it takes is a visit, and a commitment to the future.
Baltimore County Economic and Workforce Development, the Community College of Baltimore County and Social Services collaborate to deliver services and customized programs that get results. Utilizing the facility’s 2,500 student capacity, CCBC offers courses that train people for marketable jobs, while Workforce Development organizes onsite recruitments to help connect people with businesses that are hiring.
Liberty Center is one of three free career centers in Baltimore County, conveniently located in Randallstown, Hunt Valley and Eastpoint. A convenient Mobile Career Center brings job search resources to communities throughout Baltimore County. Stop in anytime and see how our career centers can change your life. You might just find your next job. And your next career.
Don’t miss out on CCBC Randallstown’s Community Open House at the Liberty Center.
Find out more about Career Training and Community Education programs at CCBC Randallstown April 18, 12:00-3:00 pm, 3637 Offutt Road, Randallstown, MD 2113. For more Open House information call 443-840-4700.
by Sara Trenery
Baltimore County Department of Economic Development
From 12 to 500. That’s the employment count at Pii (Pharmaceutics International, Inc.), a pharmaceutical manufacturing firm headquartered in Hunt Valley. Pii has added 300 employees in Hunt Valley over the past three years alone and expects to add 20 to 30 more jobs by the end of 2012.
The life sciences company has been honored with the 2012 Baltimore County New Directions Award, awarded by the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development to a company that exemplifies the quality and future direction of the County’s business community.
“Pii’s success is a testament to the Baltimore County's scientific talent and entrepreneurial spirit," stated County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in presenting the award to Pii at the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame dinner November 14. “With new five products of their own currently at the FDA for approval, we expect even more growth at Pii.”
The company’s pharmaceutical products are manufactured under their own name, as well as under contract for major multinational and virtual pharmaceutical companies across the globe.