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Title: MFG in Baltimore County

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