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Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz today issued the following statement regarding the Maryland Public Service Commission’s (PSC) decision to award offshore wind renewable energy credits to two projects to be built off Maryland’s coast:

“The PSC’s decision creates a tremendous opportunity for Maryland to become a national leader in a new American industry. With the nation's first large-scale offshore wind projects, we will be able to protect our environment and support renewable energy solutions — all while we grow our economy.

“I commend the PSC for promoting environmentally sound policies that require port modernization at Tradepoint Atlantic and open the opportunity for a new steel fabrication plant at Sparrows Point. Baltimore County has unique assets here that can meet the needs of global manufacturers that support this 21st century industry.  

“Together we can transform our county and our state into the East Coast hub for offshore wind manufacturing and logistics.”

By Bryan Dunn, Baltimore County Department of Economic & Workforce Development

Inside the factory, sewing machines line up in rows, sounding like newsroom typewriters clacking in pre-computer days. Workers perform traditional operations, individually marking, cutting and sewing each piece with a master’s touch.

The classic shape of the sewing machines sit naturally on the historic factory floor in Essex. The owner of the Aetna Shirt Company points to a portion of the building that was once a dance hall and men’s club circa 1922. Some of the original floor is still intact.

A century of craftsmanship

Aetna Shirt was founded in Baltimore in 1916. In contrast to its historic setting in eastern Baltimore County, Aetna Shirt combines traditional techniques with digitized marking and cutting technology and computerized machinery to ensure a consistent, yet customized, product. A new 21st century venture, Urban Design, manufactures shirts for retail stores in Japan.  

Dr. Daniel Kohn, owner of Aetna Shirt, describes the company’s focus, “Aetna offers diverse types of shirts including oxford buttons downs, Italian style formals, military formals and lab coats for clients ranging from the U.S. Army and Air Force to Johns Hopkins University.” 

Watch the video below to get an inside look at a lost manufacturing art, alive and well in Baltimore County.


The next generation of shirt-making

Aetna offers tutorials for aspiring designers and shirt-makers. Participants study the shirt-making process to better understand the challenges and advantages of making shirts domestically. Visit to learn more. 

Baltimore County is home to 492 manufacturing companies and 13,800 manufacturing jobs that generate $948 million in total annual wages.

By Bryan Dunn, Department of Economic & Workforce Development

Heard of a “stick doctor”? If you’re from Baltimore and LAX country, you know that a “stick doctor” has mastered the art of stringing lacrosse sticks. With US Lacrosse headquarters now in Baltimore County, what better place for a “stick doctor” to launch a business dedicated to improving the sport he loves?

Baltimore County native Greg Kenneally took the art of the stick doctor to a new level by developing and manufacturing a perfected wax mesh material called East Coast Mesh. Today, East Coast Dyes has 25 employees and a range of products sold through major sports retailers around the world. 


East Coast Dyes TowsonTake a video tour of East Coast Dyes and learn how the Baltimore County Boost Fund is helping this entrepreneurial company grow in Towson.

A YouTube sensation 

Greg started the company by selling his mesh on E-bay. He then became a social media sensation, going viral with lacrosse videos reaching tens of thousands of players, coaches and fans around the world. Greg was completing a graduate degree in accounting at Towson University just as product demand went through the roof. Partnering with twin brother Mike, the duo combined their knowledge of the sport, social media savvy and impeccable work ethic to take the company to the next level.


Boosting out of the basement

A flexible loan from the Baltimore County Boost Fund helped East Coast Dyes get the working capital they needed. They moved out of Greg’s basement into a 9,000 square foot space in Towson. The company now has 25 employees, with plans to add more. 

Baltimore County’s stick doctor is now a CEO, leading a company that is adding innovative products to the East Coast Dyes enterprise.

The company motto says it all: Hard Work Pays Off. 

The Baltimore County Boost Fund is a flexible financing resource for small, minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses in the region. For more information or to apply for a loan, visit the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development at or call 410-887-8000.

Revised September 26, 2016