A Long Island company that makes chemical test kits for water-treatment equipment will move its warehouse and assembly operations to Eldersburg and, if things go well, may move its manufacturing facility aswell.
On Jan. 15, Industrial Municipal Equipment Inc. will open its warehouse, which will employ about eight people, six of whom will be new employees, said Peter Rising, company owner and president. A few employees will move from New York, he said.
The company will occupy 4,000 square feet of space at the Eldersburg Business Center, he said.
The assembly operation, which will employ about seven people -- six of whom will be new hires -- will move this summer, Rising said.
The 10-year-old company currently employs 18 people at its facility in Bohemia, N.Y., Rising said.
"If this thing takes off, we'll probably move everything down there," Rising said, adding that he would know by March or April whether he wantsto move the manufacturing operation.
IME is the kind of company Carroll County is working to attract, said Eileen Shields, marketing manager of the county's Office of Economic and Community Development.
"They're small, they're aggressive, they're going to grow, and they're clean," she said.
The company's plans were confirmed Wednesday and announced at the monthly meeting of the county Economic Development Commission.
IME makes and distributes chemical test kits thatmeasure pH, chloride and bacteria levels. The kits are sold worldwide under private labels to industry, Rising said. The company's largest customers are businesses that sell water-treatment products, Risingsaid.
Sales in 1990 were $2 million, he said.
Rising, 46, saidhe became interested in the Baltimore area after stopping at the Inner Harbor while traveling.
"I liked what I saw. It's very pretty, and the people are nice," he said.
Long Island has become more populated in the last 15 years, and Rising said he saw no reason to stay.
"It's overcrowded. It's overtaxed," he said.
Rising decided to look for a location north or east of Baltimore. He said he liked Maryland more than any other eastern seaboard state from which he couldship goods easily.
He began his search in Westminster, and a Realtor led him to the Eldersburg Business Center, an 85-acre park that opened last year and is owned by Merritt, a Baltimore commercial and industrial developer.
IME needed a location accessible to major roads and the Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Rising said.
Eldersburg was a good spot, too, because it's "far enough out in the country that we can feel comfortable," he said.
Rising's daughter, Melanie, a senior in high school, has applied to attend Western Maryland College in the fall. She hasn't heard yet whether she's been accepted.
He said the family is considering a move to the area.