Excitement builds as Marada breaks ground on welding plant

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

WESTMINSTER -- Falling rain didn't dampen the mood Friday as Marada employees and managers gathered to break ground for their new plant.

The festive occasion, celebrated with speeches and jokes from company executives, marked the realization of former general manager John Newman's dream for a multibuilding Marada campus in Westminster.

"I'm glad to see his dreams for the site coming true," said John Goodroe, vice president of finance for Cosma, the parent company of the Canadian-based Marada.

The 40,000-square-foot plant is to be built by Mowrey Construction of Carlisle, Pa., on Route 97 across from the county's Air Business Center. It will house welding and assembly operations for the company, which makes frame components for auto manufacturers.

The structure, scheduled to open in January, will be financed by company money, said controller David M. Bailey. Previous options had included using a combination of state and county funds, along with money from four local banks, to pay for the $1.8 million project.

"The county and the state put in a lot of hard work trying to put this deal together," Mr. Bailey said. "Plus, with using that consortium of banks, things were starting to get a little complicated."

However, $270 million in county money will be used to help defray the infrastructure costs.

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