Gov. William Donald Schaefer yesterday visited officials of the company that makes Chun King food in Cambridge and offered the state's help in preparing for a possible expansion of a plant that already employs about 200 people in Dorchester County.
Joel Lee, an aide to the governor, said that Mr. Schaefer met in Singapore earlier this month with officials of one of two companies that own a major stake in Chun King.
The governor learned that officials of the parent company have "some level of concern . . . about their profitability in Maryland," Mr. Lee said. "One of the ways to make an operation profitable is to grow.
"If there's to be expansion, it would be here," said Mr. Lee, who said that the Cambridge facility is the company's only U.S. manufacturing plant. "It's a question of whether to expand or not."
Mr. Lee said that because of the Singapore trip, the governor made a point of visiting the Chinese-food plant on his return.
He said that the state wanted to give Chun King executives information about state-sponsored financing it could use and lend expertise about the best way to expand on the company's ecologically sensitive site, part of which is wetlands.
Mr. Lee said that local Chun King officials are slated to make a presentation to their bosses in Singapore later this summer, and the Asian executives will ultimately decide whether to go ahead with the expansion.
Officials at Chun King's Cambridge plant couldn't be reached late yesterday.