WESTMINSTER — Telemecanique Inc. will move its U.S. headquarters and 100 employeesto Owings Mills, Baltimore County, this spring, the company announced last week.
"Owings Mills is more convenient for customers and visitors," said Mary Herron, communications and public relations manager for the French company.
The company plans to sell its manufacturing facility on Route 140and consolidate operations at its plant at 2002 Bethel Road, she said.
Manufacturing operations now are split between the two facilities, she said.
About 350 employees will continue to work in Westminster.
James C. Threatte, director of the county's Department of Economic and Community Development, said the department had known of Telemecanique's plans.
"They are a division of a French conglomerate, and they wanted to be near Baltimore-Washington International Airport and different office spaces, and there's nothing we can do about it," he said.
It was important for the headquarters to be closer tothe airport because the company's officials travel often, Threatte said.
Telemecanique, which makes automation equipment for factories, has 4,107 outlets in 112 countries, its 1989 annual report states.
The company is the county's seventh-largest employer, a Departmentof Economic and Community Development report shows.
In Owings Mills, the company will move into a 60,000-square-foot, $7 million building scheduled to be finished this spring, a company press release said.
The offices also will house a newly created North American division of the company, Herron said. The company announced this month that it has formed Commercial Division B, which is responsible for activity in North America.
Telemecanique, the world's third-largest manufacturer of automation components, has subsidiaries in the United States, Canada and Mexico, the press release said.
The company willmove sales, marketing and administrative employees from the Westminster office to Owings Mills, Herron said. About 100 more new employeesare expected to work in the new office within the next several yearsas a result of continued growth, she said.
Telemecanique came to Carroll County in 1985 after purchasing the Industrial Controls Division of Gould Inc., which included a manufacturing operation in Westminster. The French company then moved its U.S. headquarters here from the Chicago area.
Sales worldwide for Telemecanique were up 17 percent in 1989, the annual report says. The company sells its products in North America, Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia and the Central and South Pacific.