Business Digest


July 19, 2004

Baltimore Aircoil Co. has groundbreaking for facility in Jessup

Baltimore Aircoil Co. in Jessup held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for its new world headquarters and research and development laboratory, also in Jessup.

The state-of-the-art laboratory will work on advanced technology in the evaporative cooling and thermal storage industry for the company's air conditioning and refrigeration products and for industrial applications.

Speakers included Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.; Richard W. Story, CEO of the Howard County Economic Development Authority; W. Robert Reum, chairman, CEO and president of Amsted Industries Inc.; and Steve Duerwachter, president of Baltimore Aircoil Co.

Baltimore Aircoil Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Amsted Industries Inc., has conducted business in Maryland since 1938. The company has manufacturing capabilities in 17 countries.

2 local businesses donate to school lighting project

Two local businesses have pledged gifts to the fund-raising campaign to "Turn on the Lights" at Howard County high school stadiums.

The fund-raising campaign, led by county businesses and parents of high school athletes, is trying to collect $850,000 in private donations to construct stadium lighting at 11 county high schools and a 12th under construction.

Howard High School is the only high school with lighted fields.

Bode Floors is a new $50,000 donor, joining Citizens National Bank, GEICO Insurance, Pat Hiban Real Estate Group, Creig Northrop & The Northrop Team of Long and Foster Real Estate Inc., Miller Brothers automotive dealerships, Selfridge Builders and Toyota Scion.

Bernie Dancel and Ascend One Corp. contributed $100,000.

A new $25,000 donation has come from ABC Rentals. Other $25,000 donors include Koons Ford, Merritt Properties. Point 2 Point and Hostetler Church & Associates LLC.


Batter up: The Baltimore-Washington Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a "Bowie Baysox `Batter Up' Multi-chamber Business Mixer and Trade Show" at 5 p.m. tomorrow, rain or shine, at Prince George's Stadium, 4101 N.E. Crain Highway in Bowie. The trade show begins at 5 p.m. and continues through the evening. A picnic is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and the ballgame starts at 7:05 p.m. The cost is $20 for members and guests; $12 for children ages 6 to 12. Children younger than 6 will be admitted free. Reservations are required. 301-725-4000.

Entrepreneurs sought: Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides entrepreneurial training to women and men, is recruiting candidates for its next three-month intensive Business Skills Training Course, which starts in September. A screening for the course will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 7. Applications are due July 30. The organization, which works to provide a path to self-sufficiency for Baltimore-area residents who have a viable business idea or a business in need of development, provides post-training business consultation, mentoring, financing strategies and other services. 410-727-4921.

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