New distribution center in Cecil is planned by GE

Consumer product division outgrows Harford facility

January 07, 2003|By Andrea K. Walker | Andrea K. Walker,SUN STAFF

General Electric Co. said yesterday that it plans to open a 1 million-square-foot distribution center for its consumer products division in Cecil County by the end of the fourth quarter.

The company said it has outgrown its 800,000-square-foot building in Belcamp in Harford County.

"We needed more space," said Kim Freeman, spokeswoman for GE consumer products.

The new facility is being built on 88 acres at the Principio Business Park on Belvedere Road near Interstate 95 and U.S. 40. The park is also served by CSX rail connections.

ProLogis, the world's largest provider of distribution facilities and services, will develop the project. GE owns nearly 9 percent of ProLogis.

Cecil County economic development officials didn't return several phone calls yesterday.

"We have been working with ProLogis and GE for almost a year to bring this facility to Cecil County," Nelson K. Bolender, the county's board of commissioners president, said in a statement.

"We expect that Principio Business Park, which has excellent CSX rail connections, will be a major site for distribution, light industrial facilities and corporate offices."

Freeman said GE chose the Cecil County site because it was one of the few places the company could find with such a large parcel of land. It was also attracted by the proximity to the highway and the rail connections.

"It was just the best solution for our particular situation," Freeman said.

The Belcamp site employs about 125 workers, who will move to the new facility once it opens. GE plans to add about 25 more jobs to handle additional work.

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