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By David Michael Ettlin | November 30, 1990
Two former Bata Shoe Co. purchasing agents, an out-of-state businessman and a container company were charged yesterday with illegally soliciting or paying kickbacks in connection with government contracts.Accused in documents filed in Baltimore's U.S. District Court were Alvin Grieninger, 58, of Havre de Grace and Zdenek Formanek, 71, of Bel Air, both former employees at the Harford County shoe factory; Kurt Faulhammer, 49, a fabric company owner from New York state; and the Bell Container Corp.
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By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest and Nancy Jones-Bonbrest,Special to The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2009
Found just minutes from major thoroughfares such as Interstate 95 and U.S. 40 is Belcamp, a tucked-away, quiet retreat in Harford County. Within Belcamp is the large planned community of Riverside, a neighborhood that Chris Henn said she moved to almost 25 years ago because at the time it offered affordable housing in a pleasant, family-friendly setting. "It still does," said Henn, the president of the Riverside Community Association. "It's a great place to raise a family. I know a lot of my neighbors.
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NEWS
May 5, 1991
A former Bata Shoe Co. purchasing agent was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to five months confinement for his role in a kickback scheme related to a $4.8 million military contract.Alvin Grieninger, 58, of Havre de Grace, also was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and $3,700 in restitution by Judge Marvin J. Garbis.The sentence includes one month in prison, two months in a work-release community center and two months in home confinement. Grieninger also must complete two years of supervised probation.
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October 31, 2004
Bata building demolished for corporate campus The Bata building, a deteriorating Harford County landmark on U.S. 40 in Belcamp, is gone. The aging facility, former home of the Bata Shoe factory, and a deteriorating water tower, were demolished Wednesday afternoon to make room for further development of the state-of-the-art Water's Edge Corporate Campus - a $200 million mixed-use project. Plans for the 41-acre site include hotel and restaurant facilities, eight one-story retail-service buildings, and four mid-rise office buildings.
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By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,SUN STAFF | August 7, 2001
A local private investment company said yesterday that it is near completion of a deal to purchase Bata Shoe Co. Inc. in Harford County for an undisclosed amount. Ramer Equities Inc., which has offices in Baltimore and Los Angeles, plans to buy Bata, change the corporate name and move the company to quarters to be built in Havre de Grace. Bata's management and 140 employees would continue with the company. The new name would be Onguard Industries LLC. Bata's sales come from making protective rubber and plastic footwear.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | October 28, 2004
Everybody loves a good demolition. People pulled their kids out of school, offices shut down, police closed the roads and at least one company planned a party, all as part of a 13-second event yesterday on U.S. 40 in Belcamp: the demolition of the 65-year-old former Bata Shoe factory that was once Harford County's largest employer. "Everybody would like to blow something up," said Kevin Klass, the project manager in charge of the show. His northern Baltimore County company, Controlled Demolition Inc., has blown up structures from the Kingdome stadium in Seattle to remains of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.
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By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Staff writer | July 28, 1991
Like it or not, the 40 families of Bata Village are going to have tomove out of their homes come January. And some, like David Jackson, who pays $70 a week to rent his home in the community, don't relish the inevitable.The reason for the move: a road overpass and ramp will be built literally in the back yards of the Bata Village homes, located on the Bata Shoe Co. Inc. grounds.The owner of the homes, the Bata Shoe Co., says it has decided toclose down the village because it doesn't want anyone hurt while theU.
NEWS
October 4, 2003
John O. Vaters, a former Bata Shoe Co. manager who later opened several Vaters' Shoes stores, died of cancer Wednesday at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Fla. The former Seabrook resident was 87. Mr. Vaters was born in Ziln, Czechoslovakia, and as a child he moved with his family in 1921 to Chicago, where he graduated from public schools. He went to work for the Bata Shoe Co. in Belcamp in the 1930s and was sent to Czechoslovakia, where he learned shoemaking and was a management trainee.
NEWS
March 11, 1991
A memorial service for Paul P. Gross, a retired Bata Shoe Co. division president, will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Charlestown Retirement Community's Our Lady of Angels Chapel in Catonsville.Mr. Gross, a resident of Aberdeen before moving to the retirement community last year, died there Friday of cancer. He was 81.Born in Vienna, Austria, he was a graduate of the Textile Engineering Academy there.His career with Bata Shoe began in 1938 in the export department in Czechoslovakia. He left Europe the next year and came to the United States when the international firm built its Maryland plant in Belcamp.
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By Bruce Reid and Bruce Reid,Evening Sun Staff | August 26, 1991
The developer of Riverside, the largest planned residential development in Harford County, is moving ahead on the commercial and industrial phase of its plan that could create as much as 1 million square feet of office, warehousing and other space.The project, known as the Riverside Corporate Center, is the next major step for Riverside, which covers nearly 1,500 acres off U.S. 40 in Belcamp, near the Bata Shoe Co. plant.BLC Properties Inc., formerly known as Bata Land Co., recently received approval from Harford County of its preliminary plan for the corporate center, which covers about 200 acres.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | October 28, 2004
Everybody loves a good demolition. People pulled their kids out of school, offices shut down, police closed the roads and at least one company planned a party, all as part of a 13-second event yesterday on U.S. 40 in Belcamp: the demolition of the 65-year-old former Bata Shoe factory that was once Harford County's largest employer. "Everybody would like to blow something up," said Kevin Klass, the project manager in charge of the show. His northern Baltimore County company, Controlled Demolition Inc., has blown up structures from the Kingdome stadium in Seattle to remains of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.
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By Artika Rangan and Artika Rangan,SUN STAFF | August 15, 2004
When Lillian Sonberg and other Czechoslovakians were recruited 65 years ago to teach Marylanders how to make Bata shoes at the company's Belcamp plant, farmland along U.S. 40 stretched to the horizon. It was 1939, a time when people left their doors unlocked and placed money on the dining table for the milkman to pick up Friday mornings. Now the Bata plant - once the largest private employer in Harford County - is just about demolished. The last remnant of Bata's existence ---- a five-story building used for assembling parts ---- was bought by Clark Turner Cos. last week for part of its Water's Edge development, a $150 million luxury waterfront community on 200 acres along the Bush River.
NEWS
October 4, 2003
John O. Vaters, a former Bata Shoe Co. manager who later opened several Vaters' Shoes stores, died of cancer Wednesday at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Fla. The former Seabrook resident was 87. Mr. Vaters was born in Ziln, Czechoslovakia, and as a child he moved with his family in 1921 to Chicago, where he graduated from public schools. He went to work for the Bata Shoe Co. in Belcamp in the 1930s and was sent to Czechoslovakia, where he learned shoemaking and was a management trainee.
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By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,SUN STAFF | August 7, 2001
A local private investment company said yesterday that it is near completion of a deal to purchase Bata Shoe Co. Inc. in Harford County for an undisclosed amount. Ramer Equities Inc., which has offices in Baltimore and Los Angeles, plans to buy Bata, change the corporate name and move the company to quarters to be built in Havre de Grace. Bata's management and 140 employees would continue with the company. The new name would be Onguard Industries LLC. Bata's sales come from making protective rubber and plastic footwear.
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By Lisa Respers and Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF | November 17, 1999
With a series of explosions, amid billows of dust, a piece of Harford County history came crashing to the ground yesterday.The Bata Hotel -- once the home to hundreds of workers at the landmark Bata Shoe Co. plant -- was imploded to make room for a planned $63 million office park."
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By Lisa Respers and Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF | June 11, 1999
In the first major component of a planned high-technology business corridor along U.S. 40 in Harford County, the Bata Shoe Co. plant will be razed this year to make way for a $63 million office park, county officials announced yesterday.The proposed Water's Edge Corporate Campus on the banks of the Bush River -- which officials hope will draw 1,300 jobs to the county -- will join a community of 400 homes, two waterfront restaurants and a hotel and conference center being built in the area.
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By Lisa Respers and Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF | June 11, 1999
In the first major component of a planned high-technology business corridor along U.S. 40 in Harford County, the Bata Shoe Co. plant will be razed this year to make way for a $63 million office park, county officials announced yesterday.The proposed Water's Edge Corporate Campus on the banks of the Bush River -- which officials hope will draw 1,300 jobs to the county -- will join a community of 400 homes, two waterfront restaurants and a hotel and conference center being built in the area.
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By Kelly Gilbert and Kelly Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff | November 30, 1990
Two former Bata Shoe Co. officials have been charged with federal Anti-Kickback Act violations tied to a longtime scheme in which they allegedly raked off money from a U.S. Defense Department contract.Zdenek Formanek, of Aberdeen, now a salesman for Bell Container Corp. in Newark, N.J., was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury in Baltimore on one count of paying kickbacks to Bata's former purchasing manager, Alvin Grieninger.Grieninger, of Havre de Grace, was charged in a related criminal information document with soliciting $37,653 from Bell and other contract suppliers from 1985 to late 1989.
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By Ellen Gamerman and Ellen Gamerman,Sun Staff Writer | July 13, 1995
Imagine a room full of the most influential corporate leaders in America with name tags pinned to their power suits.The organizers of Forbes magazine's CEO Forum in Annapolis not only imagined it, they insisted on it. Big BOLD type so the big guys don't have to holler, "Hey you," across a crowded banquet table."
NEWS
September 30, 1993
Katherine T. FrickRegistered nurseKatherine T. Frick, who had been a registered nurse before she moved to the Baltimore area in 1982, died Tuesday at Stella Maris Hospice of pneumonia and heart failure.Mrs. Frick, 95, had been a resident of Stella Maris since shortly after moving to the area.The former Katherine T. Tobin was a native of Clyde, N.Y., and a graduate of the nursing school at what is now Genesee Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. She worked in private duty and hospital nursing in Jamaica, N.Y., and lived in various communities on Long Island before she moved to California in the mid-1950s.
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