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February 3, 1991
A plan by Genstar Stone Products Co. to improve efficiency at its blacktop plant won't increase noise, dust or traffic, a company engineer said.Genstar requested permission Wednesday from the county Board of Zoning Appeals to install a silo and conveyor belt at itsplant on Meadow Branch Road.Blacktop would be stored in the silo after it's mixed at the plant and before it's poured into trucks, said Robert S. Gray, senior project engineer.The silo would allow the company to store up to 150 tons of material, which could be poured directly into trucks that can hold 20 tons, he said.
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September 29, 2001
Dr. Merle L. Gibson Jr., 79, division director at FDA Dr. Merle Leon Gibson Jr., a physician who retired in 1983 as director of the anti-infectious diseases division of the federal Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, died Wednesday of complications from a stroke at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick. He was 79 and lived in Owings in Calvert County. He practiced medicine in Baltimore and in Calvert County before taking the federal post in 1960. Born in Lower Marlboro, now part of Owings, he was a 1949 graduate of Harvard University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree, and the University of Rochester School of Medicine.
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By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Sun Staff Writer | September 21, 1994
The company that operates a Wakefield Valley limestone quarry won a promise yesterday that the county planning commission will arbitrate what quarry officials see as unreasonable county government staff demands.Representatives of Genstar Stone Products Co. sprang their complaint on the Planning and Zoning Commission, leaving county staff members without an opportunity to prepare answers.County personnel "are trying to impose on our business the same sort of demands they'd impose if a residential subdivision were coming in," said Charles O. Fisher Sr., Genstar's lawyer.
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By William Patalon III and William Patalon III,SUN STAFF | June 26, 1999
A deal that would have a Laurel-based quarry company buy the asphalt-making and road-construction business of Reston, Va.-based Lafarge Corp. is taking longer to complete than insiders in the local road-construction business had expected.Industry sources say Laurel Sand & Gravel has outbid a consortium of local contractors to buy the assets, which Lafarge acquired last year when it bought Towson-based Redland Genstar Inc. as part of a $690 million deal. Lafarge put the asphalt plants and road-paving business up for sale last fall because they did not fit with Lafarge's core mining business -- and because they put the company into direct competition with customers who bought its sand and crushed stone, ingredients of concrete or blacktop for roads.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Staff Writer | April 1, 1992
Genstar Stone Products Co., a leading supplier of aggregate products and paving services, has renegotiated its lease for 40,875 square feet of the Executive Plaza complex in Hunt Valley.The renegotiation marks one of the largest transactions of the year for the Hunt Valley area and the retention of a major tenant by Hill Management Co. for Executive Plaza, at 11350 McCormick Road.Sharon Caplan and Robert Manekin of Manekin Corp. represented Genstar, and Anthony Julio and Kristan Harvey of Hill Management represented Executive Plaza.
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By Daniel P. Clemens Jr. and Daniel P. Clemens Jr.,Staff writer | October 27, 1991
In the middle of Genstar Stone Products Inc.'s 800-acre mining operation outside Westminster sits a small parcel that poses a big problemfor the company.Though the 3.5-acre tract lies nearly smack in the center of Genstar's operation, it is all but unusable by the company.So Genstar appeared before the county Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday to ask for help.The mining company wants to mine limestone on the tract but said it needs a conditional-use permit and a setback waiver to do so.On Oct. 9, the county closed Old Medford Road, which traversed the company's property and separated the 3.5-acre tract from Pit No. 1, Genstar's primary limestone mining pit.Ownership of the road reverts to the company because the county abandonedthe road.
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By Richard Irwin and Joe Nawrozki and Richard Irwin and Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF | April 18, 1996
Two Genstar Corp. employees drowned and a third was injured yesterday when the 15-foot boat they were in capsized at company-owned limestone quarry in Chase, said a spokesman for Baltimore County Fire Department.Herman Gunther, 42, of the 300 block of Maple Ave. in Essex and Charles Puzak, 59, of the 2500 block of Franklinville Road in Joppatowne were dead at the scene of the 11: 30 a.m. accident, said Battalion Chief Mark F. Hubbard.Joseph Kozlowski, 29, of the 4000 block of Sherry Lynn Drive in Abingdon was treated at Franklin Square Hospital Center and released, Chief Hubbard said.
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By Sean Somerville and Sean Somerville,SUN STAFF | March 18, 1998
Redland Genstar Inc., the Towson-based stone quarry operator, will be sold to Virginia-based LaFarge Corp. by its French parent company as part of a $690 million deal.LaFarge SA, which owns 52 percent of LaFarge Corp.'s shares, is selling Redland Genstar, Canadian-based Redland Quarries Inc. and Denver-based Western Mobile Inc. to LaFarge Corp. of Reston, Va."These are well-run operations with very good market positions," LaFarge President and Chief Executive John Piecuch said yesterday.Ted Pile, a company spokesman, said the acquisition will make the company the nation's fourth largest producer of aggregates, or crushed stone, sand and gravel.
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By Bill Atkinson and Bill Atkinson,SUN STAFF | April 26, 1996
Redland Genstar Inc., a Hunt Valley operator of stone quarries, has reduced its work force by 65 employees and closed its concrete plant in White Marsh, the company said yesterday.Jack Gease, director of real estate and public relations, said 45 workers were dismissed and another 20 took early retirement on Wednesday.Those employees who were dismissed received severance packages, he said."This is a very difficult thing to do," said Mr. Gease. "But, due to the continued downturn in the economy and intense competition that we have faced, we have had to take some extraordinary measures."
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By Daniel P. Clemens Jr. and Daniel P. Clemens Jr.,Staff writer | December 1, 1991
Talk about irony.A citizens group formed as a watchdog of the local mining industry testified last week in support of a mining company's appeal of a county order to limit its mining to limestone.The New Windsor Community Action Project said Tuesday that Genstar Stone Products Inc. should be granted its request to also mine metabasalt at its 800-acre operation near Westminster.A year ago, thecounty ordered Genstar to stop mining metabasalt, a non-carbonate material sometimes found surrounding limestone beds.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | December 1, 1998
Redland Genstar Inc. has settled a multimillion-dollar lawsuit by the widow of a Westminster city employee killed in 1994 after his van plunged into a sinkhole on the road to New Windsor.Jury selection was to have begun yesterday for an estimated three-week trial, but instead the attorneys met privately with Carroll County Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr.Robert W. Knight was driving to New Windsor about 2 a.m. March 31, 1994, to get food during his shift at Westminster Wastewater Treatment Plant.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | December 1, 1998
Redland Genstar Inc. has settled a multimillion-dollar lawsuit by the widow of a Westminster city employee killed in 1994 after his van plunged into a sinkhole on the road to New Windsor.Jury selection was to begin yesterday for an estimated three-week trial, but instead the attorneys met privately with Carroll County Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr.Robert W. Knight was driving to New Windsor about 2 a.m. March 31, 1994, to get food during his shift at Westminster Wastewater Treatment Plant.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | November 18, 1998
The widow of a Westminster city employee who died in 1994 after his van plunged into a sinkhole settled her claim yesterday against the state for $50,000.In court papers, Nancy Lee Knight asked to drop the state as a defendant in her $13 million lawsuit against the state and a nearby quarry operator. The settlement is the maximum amount she can recover under the 1984 Maryland Tort Claims Act and the much older doctrine of sovereign immunity.The case is set for trial Nov. 30 in Carroll County Circuit Court with the remaining defendant, Redland Genstar Inc., operator of the Medford quarry.
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By Sean Somerville and Sean Somerville,SUN STAFF | March 18, 1998
Redland Genstar Inc., the Towson-based stone quarry operator, will be sold to Virginia-based LaFarge Corp. by its French parent company as part of a $690 million deal.LaFarge SA, which owns 52 percent of LaFarge Corp.'s shares, is selling Redland Genstar, Canadian-based Redland Quarries Inc. and Denver-based Western Mobile Inc. to LaFarge Corp. of Reston, Va."These are well-run operations with very good market positions," LaFarge President and Chief Executive John Piecuch said yesterday.Ted Pile, a company spokesman, said the acquisition will make the company the nation's fourth largest producer of aggregates, or crushed stone, sand and gravel.
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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | February 16, 1998
By the time Redland Genstar Inc. finishes digging into the limestone of Wakefield Valley, all but 9 feet of the 40-story Legg Mason Tower in Baltimore could fit into the pit.The project is part of the stepped-up mining taking place in huge limestone deposits that stretch across the valley from Medford, southwest of Westminster, to near the Frederick County line, south of New Windsor.The increased activity by three major operators reflects long-range planning rather than a significant increase in demand for the road surfacing materials they produce, quarry officials say."
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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | February 16, 1998
By the time Redland Genstar Inc. finishes digging into the limestone of Wakefield Valley, all but 9 feet of the 40-story Legg Mason Tower in Baltimore could fit into the pit.The project is part of the stepped-up mining taking place in huge limestone deposits that stretch across the valley from Medford, southwest of Westminster, to near the Frederick County line, south of New Windsor.The increased activity by three major operators reflects long-range planning rather than a significant increase in demand for the road surfacing materials they produce, quarry officials say."
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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | February 16, 1998
By the time Redland Genstar Inc. finishes digging into the limestone of Wakefield Valley, all but 9 feet of the 40-story Legg Mason Tower in Baltimore could fit into the pit.The project is part of the stepped-up mining taking place in huge limestone deposits that stretch across the valley from Medford, southwest of Westminster, to near the Frederick County line, south of New Windsor.The increased activity by three major operators reflects long-range planning rather than a significant increase in demand for the road surfacing materials they produce, quarry officials say."
BUSINESS
By Sean Somerville and Sean Somerville,SUN STAFF | November 20, 1997
Redland PLC, the parent company of Hunt Valley-based Redland Genstar Inc., is fighting a hostile takeover bid by LaFarge SA of France, Redland Genstar said yesterday.Redland Genstar, which operates stone quarries, employs about 130 people at its Towson headquarters and more than 700 elsewhere throughout the state.Jack Gease, director of real estate for Redland Genstar, said Redland PLC is preparing a proposal that would break the company into four divisions to be sold separately."Redland must show that [its plan]
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