Medo air freshener company to shut Milton St. plant today

December 18, 1992

Medo Manufacturing Corp., a Baltimore company that makes air fresheners and sprays, is stopping production at 901 N. Milton St. today, the company said this week.

The company's operations would be consolidated at its buildings at 1900 Johnson St. in Baltimore and 3119 Hammonds Ferry Road in Baltimore County, according to Neal Serotte, an attorney for Medo.

About 25 of the 50 workers at the Milton Street location are being laid off because of new equipment at the Hammonds Ferry location that is more efficient, Mr. Serotte said. While the workers have been offered jobs at the other locations, an unspecified number have declined to relocate, he said.

Medo expects to have a work force of between 150 and 250 during the next year, depending on demand for its product, sold through automotive stores, department stores and other retail outlets, Mr. Serotte said.

The Milton Street location had been the Marlenn Corp. until Medo bought the company in February from its parent corporation, CSS Industries Inc. of Philadelphia. Marlenn had also made air fresheners.

The decision to close the Milton Street location was made after Medo leased the 120,000-square-foot warehouse on Hammonds Ferry Road in September and bought new equipment, Mr. Serotte said. Built at the turn of the century, the former Marlenn building was antiquated.

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