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.
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The first eMotor just rolled off the new production line at the GM plant in White Marsh yesterday, launching the Baltimore County facility as the global manufacturing source for a motor for the Chevrolet Spark electric vehicle. They tell me it’s an oil-cooled, permanent magnet motor, and that GM engineers optimize the motor’s performance by using specifically designed bar wound copper stator and unique rotor configuration.
So, really, what does that mean to me? I’m just driving around the Beltway trying to get to work on time.
First, it means jobs and investment in Baltimore County’s economy. GM has invested $121.3 million in the White Marsh plant for eMotor production, representing GM’s ongoing role in rebuilding American manufacturing.
It means that an American car company is investing in a sustainable electric vehicle, and building its motors in a sustainable plant. GM’s Baltimore Operations facility is landfill- free, producing 9% of its energy from a roof top solar array. The new e-motor plant means significant investment in a sustainable future, both in the way the plant is run and in the products it manufactures. Green to the core.
There’s just one problem. It may be a while before we can buy a Spark EV here. This energetic car with the Made-in-Baltimore County eMotor will arrive in dealer showrooms in California and Oregon this summer, and will then be available in Canada, Europe, Mexico and South Korea.
I guess that gives me time to find out what a “bar wound copper stator” is.