County's economy is linked to region's, firms told

April 07, 1994|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer

Carroll County's economic health is contingent on the entire Baltimore metropolitan region, Donald P. Hutchinson told a group of county business owners last night.

"We're in this together," Mr. Hutchinson, president of the Greater Baltimore Committee, said in a speech at the county's annual Industry and Enterprise awards dinner.

He said education must be strong throughout the region because Baltimore residents work in Carroll County and vice versa.

If Baltimore's crime rate continues to grow, Mr. Hutchinson said, city residents will move to the suburbs and crime will move with them.

"We're all Marylanders, and we all have common interests and a common bond," he said.

The Industry and Enterprise awards banquet, sponsored by the Carroll County Office of Economic Development, honors local businesses for growth and reaching significant milestones.

This year's winners were:

* Ingersoll-Dresser in Taneytown. In the past year, the pump manufacturer completed a merger between Ingersoll and Dresser pumps and added 34 employees, making it the third largest pump manufacturer in the world. It also completed a $1.5 million building project that added 35,000 square feet of space and renovated 30,000 square feet of space.

* Fairlawn Tool and Die in Hampstead. The company moved to Carroll County from Baltimore last year into the former Snyder Body plant. The 40-employee company now occupies 42,000 square feet on 2 acres off Route 30.

* Strouse Co. in Finksburg. A manufacturer of adhesive labels, Strouse grew from six to 13 employees last year. The company, which started with 900 square feet and three employees in 1986, has grown to 17,000 square feet.

* Marada Industries Inc. in Westminster. The auto parts manufacturer completed a 45,000-square-foot expansion last year and added 45 employees to its Airport Drive facility. It also landed a $7 million contract with General Motors for side impact beams in minivans.

* Lakewood Manufacturing in Westminster. The company -- started in 1991 by Doug Widlake, owner of Kirby Furniture -- makes chests, beds and headboards for the Westminster furniture store, colleges and health care facilities.

* Modern Foundations in Woodbine. The concrete foundation, excavation and flatwork company completed a $500,000 expansion project, adding 7,400 square feet of space this year. Officials who started the company on their dining room table in 1978 managed to grow during the recent recession.

Carroll County's Office of Economic Development also honored Thomas, Bennett and Hunter of Westminster for 85 years in business and Hahn's of Westminster for 75 years in business.

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