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Fortune 500 company expanding tool division headquarters   

Stanley Black & Decker is adding capacity to support 400 new jobs in Baltimore County to bolster the company’s growing Global Tools & Storage business. The Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company will be investing $8.5 million to build-out new office space at Greenleigh at Crossroads in White Marsh-Middle River.

The expansion will bring Stanley Black & Decker’s total employment in Maryland to approximately 2,700. The company currently employs 1,600 people at their Global Tool and Storage division headquarters in Towson.

“Stanley Black & Decker could have brought these jobs to any place in the United States. This major expansion by a global industrial leader shows their confidence in Baltimore County’s innovation economy and our highly skilled workers,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Stanley Black & Decker’s new building will house positions in electrical and electromechanical engineering, digital and brand marketing, industrial design, finance, and human resources. The average annual salary for the new jobs will be $60,000.                                                

“As Stanley Black & Decker continues to grow, we need to continually infuse our business with innovation-minded people who are excited about building the innovations that will change the world tomorrow,” said Jeff Ansell, President of Global Tools & Storage for Stanley Black & Decker. “We continue to find those people right here in Maryland and we are proud to expand our operations in a place that we’ve called home for nearly 110 years. The State of Maryland and the County of Baltimore have been strong partners throughout this expansion process, and are working hard to help our innovative, high-performing company grow in Maryland.”

Stanley Black & Decker’s expansion grows their Baltimore County footprint by 92,000 square feet. The company will lease office space at Greenleigh at Crossroads, a $750 million mixed-use development at Maryland Route 43 and I-95 in White Marsh-Middle River developed by St. John Properties.

The company currently occupies 565,000 square feet of office, research and development, innovation, maker space and training facilities in Towson. Locations include a 31-acre division headquarters campus on East Joppa Road and leased properties in the downtown Towson area.

Baltimore County is providing a $200,000 conditional loan to assist the company with project costs. Support of a resolution related to a Maryland State loan will be discussed at a County Council work session February 13, 2018.

Legacy of Innovation in Baltimore County

In 1910, Duncan Black and Alonzo Decker opened a shop in downtown Towson, Maryland. In 1916, they obtained the world’s first patent for a portable power tool.

Stanley Works and Black & Decker companies merged in 2010, forming Stanley Black & Decker.  In 2017, Stanley Black & Decker ranked 250 on the Fortune 500 list.

To learn more about opportunities at Stanley Black & Decker, visit

Highlights include Fire Jugglers, Dancing Reindeer, Marching Elves and Santa 

Baltimore County's annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place on Friday, December 1 at 6 p.m. It will be held in the downtown Towson shopping district at Olympian Park, located at the corner of Allegheny Avenue and the traffic circle. This year’s festivities will feature Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving on a fire truck, free hot chocolate and pastries, fire jugglers and holiday musical performances by the Calvert Hall Jazz Band, the Gold Starz Marching Band, Daja Alexander, the Perry Hall Middle School Panthers and the Anna Appicella School of Dance.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will join Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in presiding over the official lighting of the Baltimore County Christmas tree at approximately 6:25 p.m.

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus

Immediately following the tree lighting, the Towson Chamber of Commerce will host a Santa's Workshop featuring free visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as holiday musical performances. This year, Santa's Workshop is in a new location, inside the Eat-talian Restaurant right next to Olympian Park. Parents should bring their own cameras if they'd like photos of their children with Santa.

Temporary road closures and free parking

To accommodate the event, Allegheny Avenue will be closed to traffic from Washington Avenue to the traffic circle from 4:30 p.m. until approximately 8:30 p.m. that evening.

Mid-Atlantic Properties will offer free parking from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at their parking garage located at 111Allegheny Avenue.

Thank you to event sponsors!

The event is organized by the Towson Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and Baltimore County Government as part of Winterfest 2017. Sponsors include 101.9 Lite FM, Stanley Black and Decker, Mid-Atlantic Properties, Zerodraft, Wells Fargo Advisors Jim and Gretchen Pomfret, Towson Life and the Red Zone Team at Brokerage. Free refreshments are being provided by the Towson University Marriott Conference Hotel, Sheraton Baltimore North, La Cakerie and the Towson Chamber of Commerce. 

A Season of Celebrations in Towson

The Christmas tree lighting event kicks off the Towson Chamber of Commerce’s Winterfest 2017 – a series of holiday-themed events that serves as an open invitation for families to visit restaurants and shops while seeing the new developments around the Towson community. Members of the community are encouraged to come down and get acquainted with the talking reindeer Beau and Tinsel, visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, have breakfast with Frosty and the Grinch, create holiday gifts in Santa’s Workshop, and participate in many other festive activities!

For more information about this event and Towson’s Winterfest 2017, a month-long series of holiday events, contact the Towson Chamber of Commerce online at or call them at 410-825-1144.

Free Parking in Downtown Towson for the Holidays

Baltimore County will offer area shoppers two hours of free parking at all street meters and metered County parking lots during its Holiday Free Meter Parking Program over Thanksgiving weekend from Thursday, November 23 through Sunday, November 26, and from Sunday December 20 through Saturday, December 25 in shopping districts around the County. Red “Seasons Greetings Free Parking” meter bags will be placed over the meters on the designated days. The County asks patrons to consider parking for two hours or less so that more people will have the opportunity to enjoy this offering during the holiday season.

Free event open to the public 

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz invites the public to a celebration to kick off the County’s participation in the “United We Fight. United We Win” campaign of the United Way of Central Maryland.

FallFest 2017 will be held on Friday, October 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Historic Courthouse gardens along Washington Avenue in downtown Towson. The event will feature scarecrow-making, games and contests, food trucks, vendors, a silent auction, kittens available for adoption, music and more. The event is being held rain or shine.

Revised September 11, 2017