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photo of large bridge construction componenetsFronda Cohen
Baltimore County Office of Communications

A tunnel project in Virginia has brought new jobs to Sparrows Point. Let me explain. 

These days, if you walk along the dry dock at the Sparrows Point Shipyard and Industrial Park in Dundalk, you’ll see huge concrete tubes in the making.  Let me define huge. These sections of reinforced concrete are 32 inches thick and wide enough in diameter to fit more than two lanes of traffic.  The tubes are being manufactured by SKW Constructors for a tunnel project in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

SKW and its subcontractors have hired about 100 carpenters, concrete finishers, mechanics, structural and reinforcing iron workers, surveyors, truck drivers and laborers for the massive project.  These positions already are filled, but SKW is currently hiring certified crane operators. 

“SKW is a huge boost in the County’s efforts to bring new businesses and new jobs back to Sparrows Point,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. 

Senator Norman Stone recalled the great manufacturing tradition at the Sparrows Point shipyard.  “Workers at Sparrows Point built Liberty Ships here during World War II.  Even though it isn’t ship building, it is good to see some manufacturing jobs back at the shipyard.  I am hopeful that these jobs will be performed by local workers.”

In Sparrows Point, SKW found a perfect location for heavy industrial construction and shipping, taking advantage of one of the largest privately owned graving docks on the east coast.

By next winter, the first sections of tunnel tubes should be finished, floated out of the dock, and shipped by barge to Virginia for the Elizabeth River Tunnels project.  As soon as the first shipment is on its way, construction of another five sections begins, along with production of huge industrial fans to circulate air in the tunnels.

“It feels good to know we’re exporting a little bit of Sparrows Point down to Virginia,” said County Executive Kamenetz.  “This is the beginning of what promises to be a brand new Sparrows Point with thousands of new jobs coming to the region.  I am committed to building on this good news, and our next step is to ensure that the Port of Baltimore expands its operation to Sparrows Point as soon as possible.  I will do everything that I can to work with Port and State officials to move that process forward.”

To see the size of the concrete tunnel tubes, check out this slide show.


photo of Chevrolet Spark Fronda Cohen
Baltimore County Office of Communications

The first eMotor just rolled off the new production line at the GM plant in White Marsh yesterday, launching the Baltimore County facility as the global manufacturing source for a motor for the Chevrolet Spark electric vehicle.  They tell me it’s an oil-cooled, permanent magnet motor, and that GM engineers optimize the motor’s performance by using specifically designed bar wound copper stator and unique rotor configuration. 

So, really, what does that mean to me? I’m just driving around the Beltway trying to get to work on time.

First, it means jobs and investment in Baltimore County’s economy. GM has invested $121.3 million in the White Marsh plant for eMotor production, representing GM’s ongoing role in rebuilding American manufacturing.

It means that an American car company is investing in a sustainable electric vehicle, and building its motors in a sustainable plant.  GM’s Baltimore Operations facility is landfill- free, producing 9% of its energy from a roof top solar array. The new e-motor plant means significant investment in a sustainable future, both in the way the plant is run and in the products it manufactures. Green to the core.

There’s just one problem.  It may be a while before we can buy a Spark EV here.  This energetic car with the Made-in-Baltimore County eMotor will arrive in dealer showrooms in California and Oregon this summer, and will then be available in Canada, Europe, Mexico and South Korea. 

I guess that gives me time to find out what a “bar wound copper stator” is.


Image of CMS Headquarters

Helga Weschke
Baltimore County Department of Economic Development

Did you know that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is headquartered in Woodlawn and employs nearly 4,000 people?  And CMS is hiring, with authorization to hire for 450 jobs in Woodlawn and over 750 positions nationwide.  

CMS administers the federal Medicare program and partners with state governments to administer Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, and health insurance portability standards.

Health Insurance Specialists are in particular demand in Woodlawn. These specialists develop, interpret, and implement health care policies. You may only see this job posted once on their website, but don’t worry.  . . one posting may represent 10 or 20 job openings for health insurance specialists. Other positions that may be available include:

  • Actuary                      
  • Office Support
  • Medical Officer
  • Nurse Consultant
  • Social Science Research Analyst
  • Information Technology Specialist
  • Management Analyst
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Accountant
  • Auditor

Special consideration is given to recent Veterans. You can find job descriptions and more information on CMS career opportunities at www.cms.gov/careersatcms .  Applications are only accepted on-line through http://www.usajobs.gov/ . Check back often, as CMS posts new jobs frequently.

Baltimore County’s workforce development system recently organized a successful informational event on job opportunities at CMS. Over 200 candidates learned about available jobs and the hiring process and met with agency recruitment officials. 

Whether your expertise is IT, HR, CPA, or RN, there may be a great new job for you at CMS.


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