British packaging firm to locate in Harford, bringing 25-30 jobs

September 20, 1992|By Frank Lynch | Frank Lynch,Staff Writer

A British promotional packaging company plans to set up a plant in Harford County that would create between 25 and 30 jobs, Gov. William Donald Schaefer disclosed Tuesday during a meeting with county business managers.

The plant's site and opening date have not been established but are expected to be determined by the end of the month.

The governor's appearance was part of a kick-off promotion for the various services the state can provide to Maryland businesses interested in expanding into the international market.

The event, the first of a series of breakfast meetings throughout Maryland, was sponsored by the Maryland International Division (MID), a state agency established to assist and coordinate the state's efforts to promote international business development. Its mission is to expand job and income opportunities through programs that encourage trade, commerce and investment. Harford and Riverside were selected as the first stop of the program because the county's largest industrial park is home to the Mercedes-Benz facility and several other foreign-owned companies.

The meeting was attended by about 100 people, including County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann and several other elected officials.

Scott Blacklin, who took over as MID director six months ago after 16 years of private-sector experience, spoke ambitiously of opportunities for increased foreign investment in the state.

He noted Italy's interest in doing business in Maryland and said there "are about 40 Italian companies looking to [to locate] in the United States."

Mr. Blacklin also spoke of opportunities of doing business with many of the newly established countries in Eastern Europe.

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