Tenant moving into Taneytown plant Sanders Distributing to occupy Dunbar building, ex-shoe factory home

February 10, 1997|By Donna R. Engle | Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF

A Finksburg beverage distributor plans to move into part of the vacant Cambridge Rubber Co. complex, bringing the property its first use since the shoe factory closed in Taneytown in 1986.

Sanders Distributing Co. Inc. bought the 40,000-square-foot Dunbar building late last month after searching for about 18 months for a new warehouse and distribution center.

Taneytown officials have been eager to attract an occupant to the boarded-up factory on York Street. But Cambridge Rubber Co. Liquidation Trust's efforts to sell the 14-acre property have been hampered by a patch of contaminated soil and three polluted wells on the site.

The Maryland Department of the Environment concluded in December that the Dunbar property had recovered from a 1974 spill of plasticizer, an industrial chemical used to make plastics. MDE also ended monitoring of wells on other parts of the property after well tests showed no contaminants above the levels considered safe by the Environmental Protection Agency.

"We had outgrown our facility [in Finksburg]," said Michael Sanders, president of the distribution company. The company delivers Coors, Miller and Stroh's beers and Arizona Iced Tea to retail outlets in Carroll, Howard and Baltimore counties.

Sanders said the company wasn't looking for a site in Taneytown, but the Cambridge Rubber property was the right size and the kind of building it needed.

He said the site will nearly double the space available at the distribution center on Deer Park Road.

"We definitely wanted to stay in Carroll County. We grew up here," Sanders said.

The company has been in business since 1967.

Sanders Distributing has 25 employees. The company president said he does not know how many workers would be added because of the expansion. Sanders hopes to move to Taneytown late next month or early April.

He said he will keep the Finksburg building for storage or lease it.

Sanders declined to say how much the company paid for the Dunbar building. The building was named for Ernest Dunbar, a founder of the shoe company. The Massachusetts-based Cambridge Rubber used it for manufacturing and storage, according to George W. Naylor, former chief cost accountant for the shoe manufacturer.

The distribution center won't require city government accommodation, said Mayor W. Robert Flickinger.

He said parking has been banned on one side of George Street for Cambridge Rubber Co. truck access.

The parking ban was never lifted after the company closed.

Pub Date: 2/10/97

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