Baltimore County Now
Rick Johnson, Business Development Representative, Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development
It’s sometimes hard to say why a certain area seems to suddenly become hot for new business activity. In the case of White Marsh and Middle River, the attraction is clear: availability of industrially-zoned land, easy access to Interstate 95, Rte. 43, and Pulaski Highway, and opportunities to find or construct the perfect building that not only meets a company’s needs today, but allows room to grow.
The past few months have seen big momentum for these eastern Baltimore County business communities. Here’s a snapshot of what’s new and what’s on the horizon in White Marsh Middle River.
Bottling Group, LLC, a division of PepsiCo, Inc. inked a lease for 25,400 square feet in a new 60,000 square foot warehouse and distribution facility under construction in the White Marsh Business Park. By mid-2015, you can expect trucks to start moving products such as Pepsi, 7-Up and Gatorade out of the new facility and onto the interstate. With high demand for warehouse distribution space, there’s room to double the warehouse space at this transportation-advantage site.
After searching for more than five years, Reliable Churchill, the state’s largest spirits distributor, opened a new 449,000-square-foot office-warehouse complex off Tangier Drive in the Crossroads @95 complex. Kevin Dunn, Reliable Churchill's CEO, said that "the building and the location are a perfect match. Our new office and warehouse operation is just minutes from I-95 and gives us the space we need to grow and be more efficient. The move to Baltimore County has allowed us to continue deliveries to our customers throughout the region without interruption." More than 500 workers made the move with Reliable Churchill from Anne Arundel County to Middle River.
Vac Pac, a family-owned custom food packaging manufacturer, has moved to Middle River, purchasing a 46,000 square foot building on Middle River Road. Vac Pac designs, prints and manufactures specialized bags and pouches for bakery, poultry, meat, seafood, and industrial applications. Founded in 1949, Vac Pac is a leader in high temperature packaging, holding patents for bag design and enjoys a close partnership with Reynolds Industrial Films. Vac Pac exports finished products around the world through partnerships in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Korea, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. “We are looking forward to a vast increase in operational efficiency, and the excellent location will help us serve our local, national, and global customers more effectively, said Matt Tary, President of Vac Pac. “This facility will serve as our center piece for continued expansion and development into new products and new markets. We are also incredibly grateful for the continued support of Baltimore County. Our whole team is excited and looking forward to the move.”
Cheseapeake Real Estate Group has two buildings under construction along Route 43 in the Crossroads @95 business park. A 435,000 square foot Class A building on Tangier Drive will feature ample car and trailer parking. A 100,685 square foot warehouse and distribution building at 11501 Pocomoke Court is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2015. Carpet Consultants, a provider of residential and commercial flooring products, has signed a lease for approximately 18,000 square feet of space. The company, which markets a full range of products including carpeting, hardwood, laminate, tile and stone, intends to relocate its entire operation to the new building.
St. John Properties Inc. is nearing completion of a 51,000 SF Class A flex building at 11630 Crossroads Circle. The location is scheduled for occupancy by March, 2015. St. John anticipates breaking ground on two more office and flex buildings in 2015.
“The business mo” just keeps moving forward.
Fronda Cohen, Director, Baltimore County Arts & Sciences Commission
This is about creativity. And it starts with a few numbers.
Every day, more than 1,800 people work in 591 visual arts and photography businesses in Baltimore County. No, that does not count folks taking selfies. These are real jobs in real companies.
Film, radio and television companies employ over 1,700 people, with nearly 1,000 people working in music, theater and the performing arts in Baltimore County.
All told, Baltimore County is home to 1,924 arts-related businesses that employ 6,448 people according 2014 Dunn & Bradstreet data. Creative industries represent 4.4% of all businesses in Baltimore County, from performing and visual arts to design and publishing.
But this is more than a numbers game. Creative industries represent significant economic impact, stimulate innovation, and enrich our quality of life.
So whether you are an artist at a game development company, photographer, theater director, musician, advertising writer, designer, television producer or on the film crew, you’re in good company in Baltimore County.
Bring on the imagination!
by Helga Weschke, Deputy Director
Baltimore County Department of Economic & Workforce Development
From a company that produces sorting machines to major corporations such as Lockheed Martin, teams from the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development met with over 300 companies in one week to deliver a single, clear message: “Your business is an important economic driver in the local economy.”
Baltimore County just finished its second annual Business 1st Week, a time dedicated to reaching out to the County’s business community to show appreciation and to remind companies about the many programs and services available to help them thrive. Companies received an overview of financing opportunities, free workforce recruitment and training programs, tax credits, and innovation and commercialization programs available to Baltimore County businesses. We also showcased the new Boost loan fund for small, minority and women owned businesses and entrepreneurs.
“We are very fortunate that over 20,000 businesses call Baltimore County home,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in declaring October 20-24 Business 1st Week. “We want to make sure that our diverse business community knows that Baltimore County has the resources in place to support their success.”
Business 1st Week is an opportunity for the County’s business and workforce development staff to hear what business issues keep company CEO’s up at night and how County resources can help support and grow their operations.
So what did we learn after a week blanketing the County? Our business community is certainly diverse when you look at it from street level. In a single day, one team visited a machine shop, a 3D product design company, and a nut processing company. We also learned that a well-trained workforce is the key component to business success. Most firms felt that the economy is stabilizing and improving, with many firms experiencing growth.
We appreciated the chance to meet and thank companies for being part of our economic prosperity. And we’ll do it again – once our feet recover!
For more information on Baltimore County Economic and Workforce Development business programs and services, call 410-887-8000 or visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/business.