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Baltimore County product manufacturingContributed by Rick Cobert
Baltimore County Department of Economic Development


As much as you think you know about the Baltimore County economy, there is always more to discover.  Experts are often impressed to learn how many products are manufactured here, and how many of our companies are publicly traded stocks.

Here is the first in an occasional series featuring products and their company connections in our “resource rich” county.

Sakrete is a global leader in premixed bagged concrete. The mix is used by commercial builders and the average homeowner. This famous brand is manufactured by Bonsal American in Middle River, which is owned by CRH plc (NYSE: CRH).

Vulcan ranges are the “chefs secret” in kitchens here and around the world. Imagine an infrared broiler cooking a “Pittsburgh-rare” New York Strip at 1,600 degrees. Built with pride in Dundalk, Vulcan is a division of ITW (NYSE: ITW).

Jet engine thrust reversers are a plane part we take for granted. At MRAS (Middle River Aircraft Systems), the “airplane brakes” built into aircraft engines for GE and Pratt & Whitney keep jet landings safe and consistently reliable.

The bottle cap (originally called the crown cork) was patented in 1892 by the Crown Cork & Seal Company here in Baltimore. Crown has been manufacturing metal food cans in Essex for decades. The global company is still revolutionizing packaging with new technology (NYSE: CCK).


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