Baltimore County News
By Fronda Cohen, Baltimore County Communications
Manufacturing in Baltimore County is taking a giant leap when the Mary Sue Candies Easter bunny moves to a new, state of the art factory in White Marsh. The iconic 32 foot inflatable pink bunny is part of a decades-old tradition at Mary Sue, one of many candy brands Ruxton Chocolates will manufacture in its new 100,000 square foot plant and headquarters at Baltimore Crossroads@95.
Bill Buppert, the 38-year-old CEO of Ruxton Chocolates, is the man behind the move. Much has changed in the 15 years the man lovingly called “Billy Wonka” took over management of the company that makes Mary Sue, Naron, Glauber’s and private label brand candies.
Tastes have moved toward dark chocolate with higher cocoa content. Customers are looking for something new, so Ruxton is always testing to find the next great saltwater taffy flavor, Easter egg filling, pecan log or almond bark treat. [Hungry yet?]
But when one of your brands started production in 1905, much should remain the same. Equipment will move from three Baltimore locations that are bursting to capacity. “Our traditional techniques are who we are. You’ll still find brittles and toffees churned in huge copper kettles and chocolate poured on marble tables,” said Buppert. “Our employees really define who we are. Together, our 43 employees have some 500 years of candy making experience. You can taste the difference in every piece of candy we make.”
When Ruxton Chocolates moves to Baltimore County in the spring of 2017, there will be 43 candy makers, machine operators and packers carefully setting chocolates in their packaging.
With more capacity at the new plant, those candy packers might be moving faster so they don’t become a scene from “I Love Lucy.”
For more information on how Baltimore County can help your factory move faster, go to www.baltimorecountymd.gov/business or call the Department of Economic and Workforce Development at 410-887-8000.
The maker of Mary Sue, Naron and Glauber’s candies has begun construction of a new $8 million headquarters and manufacturing plant in Middle River. Ruxton Chocolates is consolidating three locations into a 100,000 square foot facility at Baltimore Crossroads @95, a 1,000-acre development along Maryland Route 43 in eastern Baltimore County.
"We are pleased that the company that makes some of Maryland’s iconic candy brands has picked Baltimore County for its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “Ruxton Chocolates is the latest in almost $1 billion in recent private investment in the White Marsh-Middle River area.”
Ruxton Chocolates will bring 43 new jobs to Baltimore County when the facility opens in summer 2017.
Bond to help finance manufacturing expansion
Baltimore County helped Ruxton reduce the cost of borrowing by supporting an $8 million industrial revenue bond, a financing tool that allows manufacturers to borrow at a lower interest rate for major capital projects such as a new factory. With technical assistance from the County’s Department of Economic and Workforce Development, the bond was issued to 1412 Tangier LLC, a company leasing the building to Ruxton Chocolates. The County does not incur any financial obligation for industrial revenue bonds.
County supports company growth
“Baltimore County has worked with us every step of the way as we put the pieces in place for this new building. We are very excited about growth opportunities as we expand our nationwide private label business,” said Bill Buppert, President of Ruxton Chocolates.
“It’s great news when another manufacturer chooses to bring jobs and new investment to Middle River,” said Councilwoman Cathy Bevins.
Baltimore County is home to 492 manufacturers, with 13,800 jobs pumping $948 million in total annual wages into our county economy, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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New Middle River jobs, residents and businesses continue their move to the crossroads of I-95 and Maryland Route 43 in eastern Baltimore County. Baltimore Crossroads, a 1,000 acre business community between White Marsh and the Middle River waterfront, already has attracted key companies such as Social Solutions, Synagro, Danfoss, Pevco, BGE HOME, Atlantic Design and Breakthru Beverage Maryland. Over 2,500 people work in Baltimore Crossroads, with 10,000 jobs expected when development is completed.
Here’s a mid-year snapshot.
Shovels in the ground for new $750 million development
Construction is underway for Greenleigh at Crossroads, a signature $750 million live-work-play community along Maryland Route 43.
“Greenleigh is placemaking at its best,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “Greenleigh’s design and mix of homes, amenities and offices will attract young professionals who want to live in a 21st century lifestyle community near their jobs. I-95 is minutes away, with the Middle River MARC rail station just down the road. Residents can walk or bike to the waterfront. This is the perfect complement to the business development already in Baltimore Crossroads.”
The 200-acre development incorporates many new urbanism design elements including a compact walkable design; a mix of shops, offices, apartments and homes; pedestrian-scaled neighborhoods and a network of open spaces for more walking and less driving.
When completed, Greenleigh at Crossroads will include about 1,500 single family homes, townhomes, apartments and condo units; 428,000 square feet of office space in three new mid-rise office buildings and four single-story office buildings that are already completed; 128,000 square feet of new retail space; a 120 room Marriott SpringHill Suites hotel, plus walking trails, parks and places to gather.
St. John Properties, Somerset Construction and Elm Street Development are developing the project.
RPM Goes Bigger
With a roster of food-industry clients, RPM Warehouse, a division of RPM Consolidated Services, Inc., moved to Baltimore Crossroads in January 2016. By April, they were ready to add more space for their logistics, warehousing and transportation business. RPM now fills a full 435,000 square foot building. Chesapeake Real Estate Group specifically designed the building to support the needs of large warehouse and distribution clients. The building design includes expansive and secured truck courts, high ceilings, state-of-the-art sprinkler systems. Especially important in food handling, the HVAC/ventilation system achieves over three air changes per hour.
More BGE HOME
BGE HOME headquarters just plain ran out of space. This fall, they’ll be expanding into additional office and warehouse space on Tangier Drive. The company, which provides heating and cooling products and services, finds their location near I-95 and Route 40 ideal for servicing business and residential customers throughout the Baltimore region.
Meanwhile, less than a mile away
A 60 x 115 foot outdoor skating rink, more restaurants and outdoor dining, new fountains and fire pits are part of Federal Realty Investment Trust’s multi-million dollar renovation of The Avenue at White Marsh.
Plus, iFLY indoor sky diving opens this fall.
Can’t wait to see what’s next!