City tool company buys old Snyder Body building CARROLL COUNTY

July 30, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

Fairlawn Tool & Die -- a Baltimore company that fabricates metal parts for Black and Decker, True Temper, Braco and Rigid Products -- purchased one of the former Snyder Body Inc. buildings in Hampstead yesterday.

The 39-year-old company plans to move its operations to the 42,000-square-foot facility by Sept. 1, said Fairlawn President Dennis Barber. Fairlawn had been leasing 22,000 square feet on Hayward Avenue in Baltimore.

"Hampstead is convenient to all of our customers and a very nice town to work in," Mr. Barber said. "Money had something to do with [choosing Carroll] as well. We got a good deal on a building."

The company employs 40 people, many of whom already live in Carroll County, he said. Fairlawn expects to hire about 10 more people by the end of the year.

"Carroll County has been more than helpful in making this a smooth transition," Mr. Barber said. "My hat's off to them. They worked really hard."

Fairlawn, which also does welding work, assembly and short-run stamping, plans to bring in larger pieces of equipment than it now uses to produce metal pieces, such as the weed cutter and lawn mower parts it manufactures for Black and Decker.

The company merged with Tube Benders, which bends metal tubes for products, on July 1. It does business with companies in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

"That was some of the desire to have this particular building," Mr. Barber said. "It's larger than the one we have, and we can add much bigger equipment."

The Snyder Body facility -- which had manufactured truck bodies since World War II -- was most recently occupied by Omega International, which has moved its operations to Westminster, said county economic development administrator William E. Jenne.

The 12-acre property is adjacent to 350 acres of industrial land owned by Carroll County General Hospital, he said.

"This move underscores the viability of manufacturing in Carroll County and the fact that Carroll County is a logical choice for manufacturing to continue to take place," Mr. Jenne said.

"We are always pleased to accommodate a new member of the Carroll County business community."

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