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March 12, 1992
The newspaper ad, sponsored by a coalition of national manufacturers, pushes all the right buttons: failed businesses, lost jobs, higher prices for consumers and the "destruction of Maryland's business climate!" And the target of this disinformation campaign? A bill in the General Assembly that simply seeks to force manufacturers to give their distributors cause and notice before ending a business relationship.The aim of this bill is to protect thousands of mom and pop distributors who operate at the whim and pleasure of manufacturers.
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BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Two subsidiaries of Stanley Pearlman Enterprises plan to move into their own facility next year, a new 88,000-square-food seafood distribution facility in Jessup. The companies, NAFCO and Congressional Seafood Co., process and distribute seafood on the the East Coast, with delivery to supermarkets and restaurants respectively. In the last five years, both companies have grown, with Congressional's customer base expanding from 200 to more than 300 clients, creating a need for more space, said Congressional Seafood spokeswoman Kelly Morris.
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BUSINESS
By David Conn and David Conn,Annapolis Bureau | March 13, 1992
ANNAPOLIS -- A controversial bill to give Maryland wholesalers some economic protection against the manufacturers who supply them made it out of a House committee yesterday.But the heated debate preceding the 13-9 vote by the House Economic Matters Committee suggests that the heavily amended bill faces a fight in the full House next week.Sponsored at the behest of the Department of Economic and Employment Development, the bill sets rules for manufacturers who want to end their relationships early with some wholesale distributors.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
A family-owned produce distributor has moved from Washington to a new base in Jessup, where its 80 employees work to package and transport more than 1 million pounds of tomatoes each week. Pete Pappas & Sons Inc., founded in 1942 in Washington as a tomato distributor, started operations in August at its 120,000-square-foot warehouse in Jessup, said Paul S. Pappas, general manager for the firm, which is in its fourth generation of family ownership. The larger property will allow the firm to expand into new types of produce from its tomato and berries, he said.
BUSINESS
By David Conn and David Conn,Annapolis Bureau | March 21, 1992
ANNAPOLIS -- A bill to give wholesale distributors some economic power against the manufacturers who supply them fell victim yesterday to fears about protectionism and special interest lobbying.By 70-63, the House of Delegates handed a rare floor vote defeat to the bill that would have established a set of rules by which manufacturers must deal with Maryland distributors.In an extraordinary debate on the House floor yesterday, supporters and opponents aired accusations about improper lobbying, influence-peddling and legislative overreaching.
NEWS
By Mark Ribbing and Mark Ribbing,SUN STAFF | June 9, 2000
Sarah Greenberg Katz, co-founder, secretary and treasurer of a company that distributed Wise potato chips and other snack foods in the Baltimore-Washington area, died June 3 at Northwest Hospital of complications from a stroke suffered May 14. She was 83 and lived in Pikesville. With her husband, Mrs. Katz established Wise Products Distributors Inc. in 1962. The company's owl-logo sign on Aliceanna Street in Fells Point is one of Baltimore's most venerable corporate symbols. Born Sarah Greenberg in Coney Island, Mrs. Katz attended New York City public schools and was a bookkeeper for the Navy in her home borough, Brooklyn, during World War II. In 1948, she married Morris Katz of Passaic, N.J., who had begun as a Wise salesman the previous year.
NEWS
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2011
University of Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese said she was heartbroken that a chemotherapy drug used to treat her 3-year-old son, Tyler, for leukemia was in short supply and possibly unavailable. When she discovered that some companies have been accused of putting profit over production or distribution of cytarabine and other drugs, she was angry — and she began writing letters. "This is life or death, and the thought of some drugs being put out of reach made my stomach sick," she said in an interview.
BUSINESS
June 18, 2001
Baltimore June 18-19 Building Owners & Managers trade show, Baltimore Convention Center, Pratt & Howard streets. Estimated attendance: 2,700+. June 19-20 C&G Distributors trade show, Convention Center. Estimated attendance: 2,000+. National Parent Teachers Association convention, Convention Center. Estimated attendance: 2,500. Contact: Vicki Loise, 312-670-6782
NEWS
May 6, 1994
POLICE LOG* Jessup: 8200 block of Preston Court: Someone removed glass from the front window of DAS Distributors Monday and took a cash box, police said.* Scaggsville: 10500 block of Scaggsville Road: Chain saws were stolen after someone entered a garage Monday, police said.
BUSINESS
By David Conn and David Conn,Annapolis Bureau | March 13, 1992
ANNAPOLIS -- A controversial bill to give Maryland wholesalers some economic protection against the manufacturers who supply them made it out of a House committee yesterday.But the heated debate preceding the 13-9 vote by the House Economic Matters Committee suggests that the heavily amended bill faces a fight in the full House next week.Sponsored at the behest of the Department of Economic and Employment Development, the bill sets requirements for manufacturers who want to end their relationships early with some wholesale distributors.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2014
Patrick H. Vogel, former president of Republic National Distributing Co.'s Maryland division, died Feb. 21 of cancer at his home in Louisville, Tenn. He was 62. The son of Herman Lentz "Bunny" Vogel, who was a corporate officer of H.C. Spinks Clay Co., a family-owned business, and Caroline Carothers Vogel, a homemaker, Patrick Herman Vogel was born in Memphis and raised in Paris, Tenn. He attended E.W. Grove High School in Paris, and graduated in 1970 from Henry County High School, also in Paris, where he was an accomplished athlete.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2014
A Mississippi-based Anheuser-Busch wholesaler has agreed to purchase Winner Distributing Co., the Anheuser-Busch distributor for Baltimore and parts of Baltimore County, and an interest in F. P. Winner Ltd., a distributor in Maryland for brands such as Corona, Pabst and Sierra Nevada. Mitchell Distributing did not disclose terms of the deal. It plans to operate both Winner and F.P. Winner from a single warehouse instead of two separate facilities. Winner had notified Maryland's labor department in late January that it was laying off 125 workers at the end of February and closing the warehouse on Canton Center Drive in eastern Baltimore County.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman | February 12, 2014
A carrier for Bed Bath & Beyond is creating a distribution hub at a warehouse in Odenton. Last Mile Logistics LLC will consolidate operations from Columbia and Frederick, leasing a 124,000-square-foot space located at 1710 Midway Road in Anne Arundel County, according to commercial real estate services firm Cassidy Turley. The firm represented Last Mile and landlord RT Midway Associates LLP on the deal. Last year saw significant leasing activity in the Baltimore-area industrial real estate market, which drove overall vacancy rates down to about 8 percent at the end of 2013 from almost 10 percent at the end of 2012, according to a report by Cushman & Wakefield.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2014
Glen Burnie-based J.J. Haines & Co. Inc. cemented its spot as the nation's largest floor covering distributor with the recent acquisition of the third-largest distributor, CMH Space. Haines, a wholesaler that sells to nearly 10,000 independent specialty flooring stores in the Mid-Atlantic and southeastern United States, finalized the acquisition Jan. 17 for an amount it declined to disclose. The combined company will have annual sales of more than $500 million, more than 750 employees and 38 locations.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2014
Winner Distributing Co., the Anheuser-Busch distributor for Baltimore and parts of Baltimore County, will lay off 125 workers at the end of the month, the company said in a notice to Maryland's labor department. The layoffs are the result of a plant closure at the business on Canton Center Drive in eastern Baltimore County, according to the Jan. 29 notice to the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Marc M. Winner, Winner's president, did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2013
A merger of the top two U.S. food distributors, Sysco and US Foods, could mean cutbacks at facilities in Severn and Jessup that employ hundreds of workers and sit fewer than 10 miles apart as a combined company consolidates operations across the United States. Sysco Corp. announced Monday that it plans to buy US Foods Inc., based in Columbia until a 2007 buyout, for about $3.5 billion in a deal that will create a company commanding at least a quarter of the $235 billion North American market.
NEWS
By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | October 8, 2004
To David Webster, an industry consultant, flu vaccine is like a mixed investment portfolio. Some is pre-sold at low but secure profit margins, like bonds. The rest, like stocks, might be sold at varying prices in a "spot" market. To Mark V. Pauly, a health economist, flu vaccine is like avocados. It's a perishable product whose price can go up, producing a windfall for the distributor when supply is short. On the other hand, if you don't unload your avocados quickly, they go bad and must be tossed out. Neither is surprised at reports this week of prices reaching $600 or more for a 10-dose vial of a vaccine with a normal price tag of $85. A production problem blocked distribution of nearly half the country's vaccine supply, which has set off a scramble by providers to get their hands on what's left.
FEATURES
By Charlotte Balcomb Lane and Charlotte Balcomb Lane,Orlando Sentinel | February 14, 1993
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Proof that the self-indulgent attitude of the 1980s is history was evident at the recent National Food Distributors Association trade show.In the more than 254 displays set up at the Walt Disney World Contemporary Resort, the culinary puritanism theme of the '90s was all wrapped up in bright, healthful and politically correct packages of no-fat salsa, guilt-free chips, convenient whole-grain blends and ever-more exotic combinations of beans for soups and stews.Virtually extinct were the decadently rich fudge ice-cream toppings and liqueur-drenched cakes that flooded stores during the '80s.
BUSINESS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2013
Maryland's largest distributor of wine and spirits is moving its headquarters to White Marsh, taking more than 500 jobs from Anne Arundel to Baltimore County. Baltimore County officials said Wednesday that Reliable Churchill will consolidate its offices and warehouses at a new facility at Baltimore Crossroads @95, a 1,000-acre, mixed-use business park on Route 43 near Interstate 95. The site's size helped attract Reliable Churchill — as did the proximity to the interstate and the port of Baltimore, said Jim Lighthizer, a principal with Chesapeake Real Estate Group, which is developing the new 449,200-square-foot facility with Industrial Income Trust, a Denver-based real estate investment trust.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2013
Big Lots Stores Inc. has agreed to purchase inventory from the financially ailing Commerce Corp. for an amount expected to top $6 million, according to recent bankruptcy court documents. The entire proceeds are slated to go to M&T Bank, which was owed $17.9 million by Commerce in principal alone as of late February, court documents said. Creditors of Commerce filed an involuntary bankruptcy petition last month against the Curtis Bay-based distributor of lawn and garden supplies.
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