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By Diana Creasy, Department of Economic & Workforce Development

Sitting along Maryland Route 43 in Middle River, Baltimore Crossroads is changing the economic landscape of eastern Baltimore County. One of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest mixed-use communities, Baltimore Crossroads offers over 6,000,000 square feet of office, flex, warehouse and industrial space, along with a hotel, retail villages and luxury apartment homes.

Greenleigh at Crossroads

Greenleigh at Crossroads, a development inside Baltimore Crossroads, is transforming how Baltimore County citizens are thriving, right in their own neighborhood. Conveniently located along the I-95 and I-695 corridor, Greenleigh at Crossroads is the largest “new urbanism” community in the County, with 1,500 single family homes, townhomes, and luxury apartments, all with easy access to the commercial properties on site. Offices, residences, shops and services are connected by a network of open spaces for more walking, and less driving, creating a more convenient, enjoyable place to live and work. A new, 120 room Marriott SpringHill Suites is now open, offering short and long-term stays for locals and visitors.

Stanley Black & Decker is adding 400 new jobs in Baltimore County to support the company’s growing tool and storage division. The Fortune 500/S&P 500 company is investing $8.5 million to build-out new office space at Greenleigh at Crossroads, with workers already moving to their new Middle River offices.

When Baltimore Crossroads is fully built out, it is expected to attract 10,000 jobs. Stanley Black & Decker, Mary Sue Candies, Danfoss, Pevco, BGE HOME, Atlantic Design, Breakthru Beverage Maryland, and Synagro are just a few of the companies that already have brought jobs to Middle River.

The late Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s vision was to turn vacant property zoned for development into an upscale mixed-use community to boost economic development and create jobs. With Greenleigh at Crossroads, developers St. John Properties and Somerset Construction are bringing that vision to reality.

By Fronda Cohen, Baltimore County Communications

Mary Sue Easter bunnyManufacturing 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.”

Stay tuned.     

For more information on how Baltimore County can help your factory move faster, go to 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.  

Mary Sue Candies logo"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.

Revised September 11, 2017