Schaefer details benefits of European trade trip

June 16, 1994|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,Sun Staff Writer

Gov. William Donald Schaefer returned yesterday from a European trade mission with a list of companies he contacted about expanding in the state -- ranging from the owner of a shampoo maker in Anne Arundel County to the parent of a high-tech manufacturer on the Eastern Shore.

"It was a very, very successful mission," Mr. Schaefer said at a press conference at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Mr. Schaefer, who has made such voyages a hallmark of his administration, plans another trip to Asia before leaving office early next year.

"I just hope the next governor, whoever it is, will understand the importance of international trade," Mr. Schaefer said.

The two-week mission to France, Germany and Britain cost about $50,000, said Page W. Boinest, the governor's press secretary.

Among the economic development highlights of the trip, according to the governor:

* Meetings with the head of Renault, the French company that owns Mack Trucks Inc. and its factory in Hagerstown. Department of Economic and Employment Development Secretary Mark L. Wasserman said the company is enjoying robust growth under its French ownership.

* Discussions regarding a $25 million manufacturing facility to be built in Anne Arundel County by Goldwell Cosmetics. The company, operated by a German division of a Japanese company, plans to begin construction in August.

* Encouraging officials of Georg International, a German-based maker of transformers with a site in Anne Arundel County, to expand in Maryland.

* Meeting with a German auto parts maker scouting sites for a U.S. manufacturing plant that may employ 200 people and supply BMW's North Carolina factory.

* Discussions of a planned expansion of the Salisbury operations of Filtronics Inc., a fast-growing maker of electronic filters.

* Proposing that Baltimore be included as a stop in the 1997 Whitbread yacht race.

* Discussing a possible "sister" exchange between Oxford University and the University of Maryland.

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