Six county businesses awarded for achievement Banquet ceremony was Carroll's first

September 27, 1992|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

WESTMINSTER -- Industries and environmentalists can work together, Maryland Secretary of the Environment Robert Perciasepe told county business owners at Carroll's first Industry and Enterprise Awards banquet Wednesday night.

Not only are businesses working with the Department of the Environment from the beginning of projects to eliminate confusion, but environmental industries are developing, Mr. Perciasepe said.

"In the United States in 1990, $115 billion was spent on environmental services and products," he said.

"That's 2 percent of the gross national product. That's expected to grow to $200 billion, or 3 percent of the gross national product."

Mr. Perciasepe said, however, that budget cuts or impracticalities occasionally lead his agency to oppose some of the General Assembly's "causes de jour."

"It's easy for our office to be in favor of [any environmental cause], but we try to be practical," he said.

"We find ourselves testifying negatively against some of these bills because it would be impractical to find a way to implement them."

The awards to six county industries were given for achievements such as high capital investment, increases in square footage, creation of jobs, increased sales and relocating corporate headquarters, said Eileen Shields, marketing manager for the county's Office of Economic Development.

Companies recognized at the awards banquet were:

* Advanced Vacuum in Westminster, which rebuilds vacuum pumps, manufactures vacuum systems and sells vacuum supplies. It built a 10,000-square-foot facility.

* Evapco, a manufacturer of evaporation cooling equipment, which moved its Maryland operations into Taneytown.

* Jos. A. Bank Clothiers in Hampstead, which moved its corporate facilities from Owings Mills to the Carroll plant.

* Knorr Brake Corp. in Westminster, a manufacturer of mass-transit brakes, which relocated from Rockville into an 80,000-square-foot facility and spent $5 million in capital investments. since last year.

* Londontowne in Eldersburg, which added 151,000 square feet in the Merritt Business Center, spent $1.5 million in capital investments and created 30 new jobs.

* Merritt, a Baltimore real estate developer, which built a 425,000-square-foot business center in Eldersburg and invested $10 million.

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