Work begins on Kane building

Elkridge headquarters to include archival space

April 18, 2003|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

The Kane Co. started work yesterday on a 100,000-square- foot warehouse in Elkridge that will serve as an archive for one of the company's business lines and an expanded headquarters.

The move, which will consolidate storage from warehouses in Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties, will bring 100 jobs - about 40 of them new - to Howard County, according to John Kane, president of the office-moving, installing, archiving and logistics company.

The archival warehouse, to be built near the intersection of Interstate 95 and Route 100, is expected to be completed by January. The office space will be available later in the first quarter, Kane said.

"We'll have 20,000 square feet [of office space], and that will put us back in a warehouse setting so we don't forget who we're serving, which is the man or woman behind the wheel who is serving our customers," Kane said. "I like to hear the beep-beep-beep of the forklift, rather than hearing a shredder or printer. We're in the transportation business."

The $66 million company has had its headquarters in 15,000 square feet of leased space in Columbia for the past 10 years. The new headquarters and warehouse will be three stories high and visible from both highways.

The privately held company has owned the land for 12 years, and always intended to make it the site of its headquarters, Kane said. But the county is counting the beginning of construction a victory in its effort to revitalize the U.S. 1 corridor.

"Frankly, it's a challenging piece of property for lots of uses. This fits," said Richard W. Story, executive director of Howard County's Economic Development Authority.

"Anytime you can claim a headquarters has chosen to relocate to your primary revitalization area, it's a victory," Story said. "John Kane lives in Potomac. They certainly could've gone somewhere far from here. They could've sat on [the property] for another 12 years. When [the relocation] happens, you have new jobs and new tax base. That's a victory."

Kane said the move will free more space in the company's Linthicum and Hunt Valley moving and storage warehouses. Initially, only about 40 percent of the warehouse will be used, leaving room for growth over the next 10 years.

Kane has 1,200 employees from New Jersey to North Carolina and 24 warehouses and distribution facilities.

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