BWI corridor is expecting business boom

September 04, 1994|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Sun Staff Writer

Although there were no "home runs" during the first half of the year, the BWI business corridor could be on its way to a boom in the near future, said Neil Shpritz, executive director of the BWI Business Partnership Inc.

"The outlook for the rest of the year is optimistic," he said. "It's still in the moderate range, but if things fall just right, it could be even stronger."

Baltimore-Washington International Airport became known as the "hottest" major airport in the country during the first half of the year, he said.

The partnership last week released its semiannual report on the area's business climate.

The partnership is a nonprofit association that promotes economic development in the area around the airport.

Mr. Shpritz compiled the report after interviewing employers and reviewing state unemployment numbers, Federal Reserve figures and employment surveys by Manpower Inc., an agency that finds workers for temporary jobs.

The Manpower survey shows that 20 percent of the more than 2,000 employers near the airport will be hiring during the third quarter.

"None of these firms anticipates reductions in staffing levels," Mr. Shpritz said.

Another plus for the BWI area is that new businesses are moving in, bringing more jobs. In June, MCI opened a telemarketing office on Elkridge Landing Road that employs 450 people.

Cadmus, a printing and production business, will open on Elkridge Landing Road late this month and will employ about 350 people.

Another big employer, Goldwell Products, is scheduled to open next year on a 20-acre tract in the Hock Business Park.

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