Explosives business may move to area Baltimore County company looking at site near Sykesville

Many clients in W. Md.

Concerns surface about how residents would view operation

July 03, 1996|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

A 30-year-old Baltimore County explosives company is considering the purchase of a 10,000-square-foot industrial building just outside Sykesville.

Explosive Experts Inc. is interested in relocating its entire operation to the Laborers Training Center, a 13-year-old building on Raincliffe Road about a quarter-mile east of Route 32. The company, based in Sparks in northern Baltimore County, says the South Carroll site is closer to its many customers in Western Maryland.

The building is a good basic structure that would suit many uses, said Walter Patton, an agent with KLNB Inc., a Baltimore real estate company that has listed the property. KLNB has had several offers since the property came on the market a month ago.

The building is on 13 industrial-zoned acres near Buttercup Lane across from Freedom Park. The asking price is $400,000.

The Sparks company is in early negotiating stages for the property, said James H. Moore III, secretary-treasurer.

The site is about six miles north of Interstate 70.

Although the property is outside Sykesville's corporate limits, company representatives met last week with Town Manager Matthew H. Candland and spoke with one member of the Sykesville Business Association, promising to forward more information on the daily operation. "They are considering moving their offices and warehouse here," said Candland. "If they can demonstrate safety, we see no problem."

Moore stressed the company's excellent safety record and its good standing with the federal and state regulatory agencies, which monitor its equipment and operations constantly.

The owners have found the Route 32 corridor to be as safe as Interstate 83 and Warren Road, which their trucks use daily, he said.

The company uses local repair shops for its vehicles and purchases fuel locally.

Explosive Experts has 31 employees and ships about 50 pounds of explosive powder a day to blasting job sites across the state. At the Sykesville site, it would store about 5,000 pounds of explosives in magazines, metal vaults built to federal guidelines.

"We have never had a magazine broken into," Moore said.

For more than a decade, Sykesville has tried unsuccessfully to market an undeveloped 32-acre industrial site at Route 32 and Raincliffe Road.

Craig Taylor, former president of the Sykesville Business Association, wonders how positive a sale would appear to the town of 3,000 residents.

Taylor is concerned because the property is adjacent to Springfield Hospital Center, which houses about 400 patients, and the state laundry facility, a minimum-security prison. The state is also developing a police training center nearby.

Pub Date: 7/03/96

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