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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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NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Susan Reimer and Susan Reimer,Sun Staff | January 30, 2000
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, working mother, starts her day in much the same way the rest of Maryland's working mothers do: Scrambling to send off her children with full stomachs and light hearts, to conduct their day beyond her protective reach. Kate leaves first. She's a 16-year-old junior at Towson High and is logging the hours she needs to earn her license by driving her mother to school. When Kate gets her license, this ritual won't be necessary. Another little bit of letting go. But Townsend is as excited about this milestone as her daughter might be. "It is such an exciting time in a young person's life.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2011
Medical waste disposal company Daniels Sharpsmart Inc. said Friday it has opened a facility in East Baltimore. The facility, which became fully operational this month, will serve hospitals, clinics, medical and dental offices in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Delaware and Pennsylvania from the plant. The company said in a release that it was attracted to the area in part because of the quality of the region's hospitals. The company is known for its Sharpsmart system which allows for the safe disposal of needles and other sharp objects.
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 Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2010
The long-anticipated BRAC boom — the new jobs, offices and ripple economic effects — are finally on the way. The Army will transfer nearly 1,500 jobs to Aberdeen Proving Ground in August and September, according to the state. That would nearly double the number that have moved to Harford County because of the national military base realignment and closure process, or BRAC, announced in 2005. Thousands more jobs, many of them unfilled, are expected to follow. Government contractors are gearing up, too. Offices are opening in Harford County at a fast clip — three dozen during the past year.
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.
SPORTS
February 4, 2012
In his State of the State speech this week, Gov.Martin O'Malleymade a provocative boast: "Because of your wise and balanced decisions about where to cut, and your smart decisions about where to invest, Maryland's businesses are creating jobs again. Last year, Maryland businesses created more new jobs than we have in any year since this recession hit, and at twice the rate of our good neighbors in Virginia. " In the ongoing rivalry between Mr. O'Malley and Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell, them's fightin' words.
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
November 19, 2009
Chesapeake Shipbuilding said Wednesday that it has signed a contract to acquire about three acres of property adjacent to the shipyard. The acquisition would allow the company to expand and create as many as 125 new jobs. The land, located on the Wicomico River, is now an empty lot with a "derelict" bulkhead, the company said in a press release. The company designs and builds commercial steel vessels and has been in Salisbury for more than 30 years. - Andrea K. Walker
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