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Date: Oct 5, 2017

Trash and Recycling Collection Normal, Drop-off Facilities Open

Baltimore County government offices, and the District and Circuit Courts, will be closed on Monday, October 9 in recognition of Columbus Day.  Health department clinics, libraries and senior centers will be closed, and CountyRide vans will not operate.  Parking meters must be fed and Baltimore County Revenue Authority parking garages will be open as usual.

Trash and recyclables will be collected according to the normal schedule.  The County’s trash and recycling drop-off facilities will be open.   Residents can log onto for more information about recycling and trash collection, including schedules and drop-off center locations and hours.  Residents may also call the Bureau of Solid Waste Management at 410-887-2000.

Produce for the People Initiative to Grow More than 500,000 Pounds per Year to Address Food-Insecurity

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz broke ground this morning on a greenhouse that will be used to grow produce at the County’s Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park in Cockeysville.

The $225,000 greenhouse will be used to support the production of an estimated 500,000 to 600,000 pounds of fresh produce that will be provided to local food banks, homeless shelters and school cafeterias, through the new Produce for the People initiative.

The Produce for the People program will place into production approximately 50 acres of land that will reach full production capacity in approximately three years. To accomplish this goal, the County is constructing of a 48-foot wide by 96-foot long greenhouse that will be used to grow transplants for crops like green beans, sweet corn, potatoes, cabbage, peppers, tomatoes and more. The program will be conducted with assistance from the Maryland Agricultural Resource Council, Inc. (MARC)

“This is a natural progression for us to maximize the benefits of our agriculture center by growing food for hungry people while demonstrating efficient farming and gardening techniques and offering suburbanites the chance to understand the important role that farming plays in our economy and society,” Kamenetz said.

“Given MARC’s longtime agricultural education mission, we naturally look forward to the many educational opportunities to be afforded by the new greenhouse and the Produce for the People project,” said Rick Bernstein, President of Maryland Agricultural Resource Council, Inc.

The greenhouse will also be made available for beneficial programs to be hosted by groups like the Baltimore County Master Gardeners, the Future Harvest New Farmer Program, the Maryland Agricultural Resource Council, Inc., and for therapeutic gardening programs for older children and adults with mental and physical disabilities.

Hunger in our Area

Despite being one of the wealthiest states in the nation, Maryland is home to more than 682,000 people who do not have enough to eat. While homeless people are the most visible faces of hunger, the need for food assistance is rising among children, seniors, and working families. Many people are working full time and still struggling to put food on the table. In fact, 33% of food-insecure individuals in our area earn too much to qualify for federal or state relief. This means that thousands of food-insecure Marylanders rely solely on the food bank and other hunger-relief agencies as they struggle to meet their basic needs.

by Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore County Executive

There’s a lot of talk about how things are not made in the U.S.A. any more. I offer some Baltimore County numbers in response: 15,000 manufacturing jobs. 506 manufacturing companies. More than $1.18 billion total annual wages.

We have large manufacturers like McCormick, BD Diagnostic Systems and Textron -- each of these companies employs over one thousand workers in Baltimore County. But most manufacturers are smaller companies, with fewer than 500 workers each.  

Baltimore County manufacturers all benefit from a strategic location, integrated supply chain and distribution networks and a workforce steeped in the tradition of “a good day’s pay for a good day’s work.”

In celebration of Manufacturing Day, the first Friday in October, here is a small sample of Baltimore County’s 506 makers.

Synthetic athletic surfaces are made at Beynon; lacrosse equipment at East Coast Dyes. Windshield wipers are made by Saver Automotive in Halethorpe. In Rosedale, Acadia produces windows and doors and Victory Racing Plate makes custom horse shoes. Vulcan makes Viking kitchen equipment in Dundalk and Dap makes caulk in Edgemere. Green Bay Packaging manufactures cardboard boxes; Marquip Ward United and Sun Automation make the machines that make the boxes.

Lots of great food and beverage products are made in Baltimore County -- small batches from Michelle’s Granola and large batches of Old Bay and seasonings from McCormick; hand crafted chocolate from Kirchmayr Chocolatier and Mary Sue, Naron and Glauber’s candies from Ruxton Chocolates. Our beverages come from wineries named Boordy, Basignani, Royal Rabbit and DeJon and craft breweries DuClaw, Key Brewing, Heavy Seas, and soon, Guinness.

Even the thin brown paper that helps seal in the freshness of Hershey’s Reece’s Peanut Butter cups is made by Mann-Pak, a packaging company in Middle River.

Today’s industrial revolution is also a technology revolution

Some call it precision manufacturing, additive manufacturing or advanced manufacturing. Regardless of the description, technology now allows manufacturers to achieve levels of precision and productivity we could not imagine even just a few years ago.  

Robotics, computer aided design and advanced engineering have revolutionized production lines. You can see the changes at the GM electric vehicle motors and transmission plant in White Marsh, the Coty facility in Cockeysville where Cover Girl and Max Factor cosmetics are made, the complex vertical launch systems designed and built at Lockheed Martin in Middle River and unmanned aircraft systems at Textron in Hunt Valley.

Potomac Photonics at bwtech @ UMBC uses lasers, 3D printers and other technologies to alter and develop products with extreme precision, to the scale of one micron, smaller than a particle of dust. Pharmaceutics International (PII), a custom drug manufacturer in Hunt Valley, develops small molecules into custom drug formulations.

Innovate, design, engineer, build

Baltimore County companies have the expertise to not only make things, but to use the innovation of our well-educated workforce to design, engineer, test and come up with the next great thing. We see this at Stanley Black & Decker in Towson, where over 1,200 people develop and test new consumer products. Chemists at the TIC Gums R&D center in White Marsh are discovering new ways to improve foods. Fresh ideas are born in the test kitchens at McCormick’s Innovation Center and in the R&D labs at Lockheed and Middle River Aircraft Systems. SAFT long-life batteries have traveled from Cockeysville to Mars.

From caulk and cosmetics to Old Bay and beer, great things are made in Baltimore County. And we have 506 manufacturers and 15,000 jobs to prove it.

Revised September 11, 2017