Auto Parts Maker, Food Wholesaler Plan Open Houses

2 County Companies Offer Weekend Tours

April 22, 1992|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff writer

If you're curious about how auto parts are made or how wholesale food is shipped, this week is your chance to see two county businesses at work.

Marada Industries Inc. and Carroll County Foods Inc. -- both proud of their growth and eager to tell the public -- will have open houses.

Marada, located in the Air Business Park on Route 97, will give tours from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Carroll County Foods, on Route 31 between Westminster and New Windsor, will give tours from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Here's more about each business:

* Marada, a subsidiary of Canadian-based Magna International, makes parts for General Motors, Volkswagen, Chrysler, Honda and Jeep, sales coordinator Melissa J. Salter said.

GM accounts for half of Marada's business, she said.

Sales are expected to be $55 million this year, an increase of $10 million from 1991, she said.

The 7-year-old company recentlylanded a contract from GM to make beams for truck and minivan doors to bring the vehicles up to the safety standards of cars, Assistant General Manager Dan L. Quickel said.

The contract -- worth a coupleof million dollars, Quickel said -- will mean another 40 to 60 jobs and a new 30,000-square-foot building, he said.

Marada hopes to begin construction on the building in eight to 12 weeks, he said.

Work on the contract will begin in 1994, Salter said.

Winning GM's "Mark of Excellence" award last year has helped increase Marada's business, she said. The award is given to suppliers GM considers outstanding.

Marada has 220 employees, some of whom will be giving tours at the open house, Salter said. Child care will be available.

* Carroll County Foods, a family owned business started by George Gorsuch in 1964, sells food wholesale to restaurants, hospitals and public schools in Maryland, Washington, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Sales last year were $17.6 million, compared to $4.7 million in 1981, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Doug C. Gorsuch said.

The company recently added 15,000 square feet of office and warehouse space to handle the increased business, he said. It now has 50,000 square feet of space.

Carroll County Foods employs 75 peopleand sells 4,000 different products, Gorsuch said.

The largest percentage of company sales are in Baltimore, he said.

The company also has an outlet store at the plant open to the public six days a week, he said. Customers may buy five pounds of cheese, a gallon of mayonnaise or barbecue sauce and whole hams, among other items, he said.

George Gorsuch, who died in 1985, started in the food business as a farmer with 16,000 laying hens, his son said. After customers on his delivery route asked that he deliver produce with the eggs, he expanded the business.

His wife, Jane, is the treasurer of the corporation. Son Dwight is the president and oversees purchasing; son Steve is the vice president in charge of operations; and daughter Susan is the credit manager.

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