Ottenberg Bakery buys Eldersburg site Firm's operations in Owings Mills to be consolidated

August 20, 1993|By Staff Report

Ottenberg Bakery President Lee Ottenberg has announced that the 124-year-old family-owned business has purchased a 3 1/2 -acre site at the Eldersburg Business Center adjacent to Route 32.

The Washington-based company plans to consolidate its Owings Mills operations into a new 25,000-square-foot building at the Eldersburg site.

"We've been in a leased facility and just want to stop paying rent," said Mr. Ottenberg, who operates the company with his brother, Ray.

"Obviously, we're very pleased," said William E. Jenne, administrator of the county's office of economic development. "We've been working on this project for several months."

"I feel that this project reaffirms Carroll County's strength as a business environment conducive to manufacturing," he said.

By Feb. 1, 1994, the 35 to 40 employees of the bakery should be fully engaged in mixing, baking, packaging and shipping products to its Washington distribution center, Mr. Ottenberg said.

"First and foremost, Carroll County gives us geographic access to our markets," Mr. Ottenberg said. "Eventually, we have the potential to ship to New York and Philadelphia as well."

Ottenberg Bakery ships fresh baked goods to food service customers within a 75-mile radius around Washington, Mr. Ottenberg said. Frozen goods are shipped within a 300-mile radius.

The company also makes and distributes Blazing Sun flour tortillas and Ottenberg brand baked goods through retail markets.

Mr. Ottenberg said Carroll County was chosen for its pro-business atmosphere.

"We were told, more or less, in everything we looked into, that Carroll County . . . was a good place to do business," he said.

Ottenberg Bakery qualified as a Fastrack project, bringing with it a significant capital investment and the potential for an additional 15 to 20 new workers over the next two or three years.

"We expect a 50 percent increase" in employees, Mr. Ottenberg said.

The county's Fastrack system expedites the permitting and review process for industrial projects that meet minimum investment employment levels.

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