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Major Upgrades Address Health and Safety
The Social Security Administration has been headquartered in Woodlawn for more than 55 years, yet the agency’s main operations building has seen no major renovations or systems upgrades since it was built in 1959.
Today, Senator Barbara Mikulski announced $150 million in federal funds have been secured for major upgrades to the Altmeyer building. The renovations will address health and safety issues, meet current accessibility standards, improve space utilization and provide a comfortable, energy efficient working environment that meets 21st century standards.
11,000 Jobs in Woodlawn
The Social Security Administration is headquartered in Woodlawn. With 11,000 workers, it is Baltimore County’s single largest employer.
“This significant investment ensures that Baltimore County remains home to the Social Security Administration for decades to come,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “We thank Senator Mikulski for her hard work and commitment to keeping these important jobs here.”
Facility Brings 60 Jobs to Dundalk
QRS of Maryland, LLC, a joint venture between QRS and Canusa-Hershman Recycling Company, has opened a one-of-a kind recycling facility in Dundalk to separate and recycle post-consumer household plastics.
The $15 million plant, with more than $10 million in high-tech processing equipment, will create 60 full-time jobs at capacity.
“QRS of Maryland brings new jobs, new investment and a steady stream of plastics recycling that will help us all live in a more environmentally-friendly way,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “Dundalk’s central Mid-Atlantic location, transportation and distribution routes are a perfect fit for the growing domestic plastic recycling business.”
The facility is expected to help divert tens of thousands of tons annually from landfills and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions according to the Closed Loop Fund, an impact investment fund that makes below-market loans for recycling infrastructure. The QRS plant in Dundalk, Maryland is the first full recycling facility investment by the Fund, which has established partnerships with major corporations including Procter & Gamble, 3M, WalMart and Johnson and Johnson.
"Our newest Plastic Recovery Facility in Baltimore County provides communities and recyclers throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions with a reliable, domestic processing solution for mixed, post-consumer plastic containers,” said Greg Janson, CEO of QRS.
New Technology Will Increase Reuse of Raw Materials
The QRS plant combines technology that for the first time will be able to both separate products by resin type and repurpose them into raw materials for new products and packaging. The facility incorporates the latest optical scanning and cleaning equipment and is able to process 4,500 tons of materials every month – nearly double the capacity of what’s presently available domestically.
“With this new plant, QRS of Maryland is helping to re-shore the plastic manufacturing business to the United States. With reliable, large quantities of sorted and cleaned plastic available for re-use, manufacturers can more easily expand product lines using recycled plastic,” added County Executive Kamenetz.
County Helping with Job Recruitment
Baltimore County is assisting QRS as they recruit workers for the plant. “Our career centers in Eastpoint, Liberty Road and Hunt Valley can help job seekers interested in working at the QRS plant,” said Will Anderson, Director of the Department of Economic and Workforce Development.
Information on Baltimore County American Job Center locations and job seeker services can be found online.
Offices, Housing, Hotel, Whole Foods Market and a Green Plaza
Downtown Towson soon will see one million square feet of offices, luxury and student housing, a hotel, restaurants, shops, a Whole Foods Market and an open, green plaza rising on five acres in the Baltimore County seat.
Site preparation is underway for Towson Row, a $350 million mixed-use project by Towson-based developer Caves Valley Partners that will anchor the southern gateway to downtown Towson.
“Towson Row will transform the Towson skyline and become a focal point for residents, workers and visitors,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “You can clearly see Towson Row’s footprint as you walk through downtown Towson. It’s exciting to see so much site activity as this significant private investment moves forward.”
“Towson Row will reaffirm Towson as a preeminent destination in Maryland, now and well into the future,” said Arthur Adler, partner of Caves Valley Partners. “We are completely reimagining the shopping, working, dining, entertainment, and green streetscape experience for Towson residents and visitors.”
The one million square foot, $350 million Towson Row will include 220,000 square feet of office space, a 170-room hotel, student housing with 900 beds, 370 luxury apartments and over 100,000 square feet of shops and restaurants anchored by a 45,000 square foot Whole Foods Market. Over 1,500 garage parking spaces will serve tenants and customers. Towson Row is being built on five acres bordered by York Road, Towsontown Boulevard, Washington Avenue and Chesapeake Avenue in downtown Towson.
“With projects such as Towson Row, downtown Towson is living up to its potential as a vibrant place to live, work and visit,” said Baltimore County Councilman David Marks.
About Downtown Towson
Towson Row is part of $1 billion in recent private investment in downtown Towson, including a new 15-screen Cinemark Theatres and restaurants at Towson Square, 2,700 new downtown apartments and townhomes, and the Towson City Center office tower with Towson University programs and headquarters for MileOne Automotive and Remedi Senior Care.
More than 55,000 people live in greater Towson, with over 48,000 people working at companies including GBMC, General Dynamics, Goucher College, MileOne, Sheppard Pratt, Stanley Black and Decker, Towson University, University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center and Whiting Turner.