Sweetheart Cup Co. considers sites for expansion in Central Maryland

June 14, 1998|By John Murphy | John Murphy,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Larry Carson contributed to this article.

Owings Mills-based Sweetheart Cup Co. Inc. is looking at property in Baltimore, Carroll and Harford counties for an expanded East Coast distribution center, officials in those counties said.

Baltimore County's economic development director, however, said the manufacturer of paper cups and plates is close to purchasing a site in that county.

The director, Robert L. Hannon, said Sweetheart has been negotiating for an expansion site for some time. The company favors an undeveloped tract in eastern Baltimore County over two in Carroll and Harford counties, he said.

"We understand and expect that the White Marsh location is the preferred one," he said, refusing to reveal the exact location.

He said the company has not made a final decision, but he expects one soon.

"A few things need to be resolved, but we're close," he said.

In Carroll County, Sweetheart is eyeing property south of Hampstead to build a 900,000-square-foot distribution center that would employ about 120 people. The property, off Houcksville Road, is owned by Black & Decker U.S. Inc.

Hampstead Mayor Christopher M. Nevin said the company has expressed interest in the site.

If Sweetheart were to build a distribution center in Carroll, it would require water from Hampstead, and the site would have to be annexed by the town.

Sweetheart also included Harford County in its search for a site. Paul Gilbert, director of the Harford County Office of Economic Development, said the company had been unable to reach an agreement with the property owner.

Daniel Carson, Sweetheart's vice president and general counsel, did not return telephone calls Friday.

Pub Date: 6/14/98

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