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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 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.
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 Ernest F. Imhoff and Ernest F. Imhoff,SUN STAFF | October 27, 1997
Hoping to boost job opportunities for the visually disabled, Blind Industries and Services of Maryland is planning its first meeting offering companies information on advantages of hiring the blind."
BUSINESS
Jay Hancock | February 3, 2012
The economy added 243,000 jobs in January, the Labor Department said this morning. It was the 4th-best best monthly job growth in almost six years. More important, it looks like part of a trend. There were a couple good job months in 2010, but they were surrounded before and afterward by months with job losses. Now the economy has clocked 16 consecutive months of job growth. The numbers are finally well into six figures. Unemployment fell another two-tenths of a percentage point last month to 8.3 percent.
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.
NEWS
By Laura Vozella | The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2010
If quarterback Joe Flacco's arm isn't what it should be next season, Baltimore will only have its most ardent football fans to blame. Flacco's admirers were so busy getting their pictures taken with him Monday night, when he played celebrity waiter at a charity dinner at Morton's The Steakhouse, they neglected to take food off the tray he held. The real wait staff at the downtown Baltimore restaurant swapped out the tray of tuna tartare bites Flacco was holding for a tray of mini-crab cakes.
NEWS
By Robert B. Reich | May 15, 2013
My mother went into paid work soon after my father's clothing store was flooded out in a hurricane, almost wiping him out. She had no choice. We needed the money. This was some two decades before a tidal wave of wives and mothers went into paid work. For the relatively few women with four-year college degrees, this change was the consequence of wider educational opportunity and new laws against gender discrimination that opened professions to well-educated women. But the vast majority of women entered the paid workforce because male wages were dropping.
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