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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | August 3, 2001
PRESTON - The familiar orange - white - and - black trucks that spread this town's name from coast to coast no longer ply its tree-lined streets. It's been two years since Preston Trucking Co. Inc. stunned the inhabitants of this slow-paced Eastern Shore community, laying off 295 workers, declaring bankruptcy and closing down after 67 years. For workers who had come to expect lifetime jobs, who considered themselves part of a close-knit corporate family, the news hit like a punch. Today, as with any family that's suffered a loss, folks in Preston have mostly recovered from the shock of losing their economic mainstay - but the scars remain.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2012
The owners of the Sparrows Point steel mill plan to raze the closed plant, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said Thursday, as political leaders from Towson to Washington mourned the loss of a landmark that once employed tens of thousands. The officials, including Gov. Martin O'Malley, vowed to help steelworkers who have lost their jobs. But the head of United Steelworkers Local 9477 was angry that a key part of the plant is being sold to North Carolina-based Nucor Corp. — to be used for spare parts.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2013
Maryland's approximately 30,000 nonprofits range from the smallest all-volunteer organizations to the largest private employer in the state. Greg Cantori loves them all. As CEO of Maryland Nonprofits since October, he's in his self-described dream job, running one of the nation's largest state associations for nonprofits after 20 years of working in the local sector. He recently chatted with The Baltimore Sun about challenges facing nonprofits and how they're coping. How much are federal budget pressures affecting local nonprofits?
NEWS
October 1, 2014
President Barack Obama's modus operandi is to do what he always does. This Friday will be the last unemployment rate released until after the November election. The next numbers come out three days after the Nov. 4 election so President Obama has to lie big Friday, and I guarantee he will drop the unemployment rate to at least 5.9 percent. He will justify that by reporting at least 250,000 supposed new jobs and revising August job numbers higher - - which is a lie but who cares? In this lie-filled administration where the only goal is to save the Senate Democratic majority, they will do or say whatever it takes to make sure Mr. Obama will not have to face scrutiny over his last two years of playing golf and flying on Air Force One wasting our tax dollars making sure the First Lady is pacified with food from around the world.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2013
The closing of the steel mill at Sparrows Point overwhelmed Bob Jennings. Too young to retire at 59, he faced a gloomy job market for local manufacturing workers and a bureaucracy that couldn't get him timely training help. He felt like a failure. No, no, his wife said, "the system is the failure," but she couldn't convince him. On a cold Saturday morning, he wrote her a short note of apology, walked to their shed and shot himself. Troy Pritt, 44, also worked at the Baltimore County mill.
NEWS
By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2013
SKW Constructors plans to hire up to 100 people to construct concrete tubes and fans at the Sparrows Point Shipyard and Industrial park in Dundalk, according to Baltimore County economic development officials. Subcontractors are expected to hire additional people to work on the project, including carpenters, mechanics, surveyors and truck drivers, the county said. "This project is a huge boost in our efforts to bring new businesses and new jobs back to Sparrows Point," Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said in a statement.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2012
Workers peered through safety goggles as they fitted together parts of the electric motors they were building on a General Motors assembly line in White Marsh. For now, the parts are made in a factory in Mexico and then shipped to Baltimore County for assembly. But not for long. By the end of the year, motors for cutting-edge electric vehicles will be built from scratch in a sprawling $244 million plant under construction next to GM's factory, now called General Motors Baltimore Operations.
BUSINESS
Eileen Ambrose | January 5, 2012
The Associated Press is reporting that Macy's Inc. will close nine underperforming stores nationwide:  five Macy's and four Bloomingdale's. Among the closures are Macy's store in Laurel and the Bloomingdale's in North Bethesda. Overall, according to AP, more than 830 employees at the nine stores will be affected. They will be eligible for new jobs at other stores the retailer expects to open.
BUSINESS
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2012
It's not a matter of "if" but "when. " Medifast Inc., the No. 3 manufacturer of weight-loss food products, is growing so quickly in that industry that there will soon come a time when it outgrows its sole production facility in Owings Mills and builds plants elsewhere. To keep up with that rapid growth, Medifast plans on making $5 million in improvements to its headquarters and plant in Owings Mills over the next two years. But it's also considering other sites for the future, including a possible West Coast manufacturing site and one in Mexico to serve the growing Latin American market.
NEWS
By Robert B. Reich | February 8, 2012
January's increase in hiring is good news, but it masks a bigger and more disturbing story -- the continuing downward mobility of the American middle class. Most of the new jobs being created are in the lower-wage sectors of the economy -- hospital orderlies and nursing aides, secretaries and temporary workers, retail and restaurant. Meanwhile, millions of Americans remain working only because they've agreed to cuts in wages and benefits. Others are settling for jobs that pay less than the jobs they've lost.
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