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January 9, 2014
John Vontran says he bears no responsibility for the latest death in the abandoned Seagram's plant of which he is part owner ("Man falls to death in former Seagram's plant in Dundalk," Jan. 3). Sorry to tell Mr. Vontran this, but he does bear some of the responsibility for this latest tragedy. Sollers Investors LLC is maintaining a nuisance, albeit on private property. As stated in Baltimore County Code Article 13 Public Health, Safety, and the Environment, Title 7 Nuisances, Subsection 13-7-112: "An owner may not create or allow to exist on the owner's property a nuisance determined by the County Health Department...to be detrimental to public health, safety, or welfare....
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January 9, 2014
John Vontran says he bears no responsibility for the latest death in the abandoned Seagram's plant of which he is part owner ("Man falls to death in former Seagram's plant in Dundalk," Jan. 3). Sorry to tell Mr. Vontran this, but he does bear some of the responsibility for this latest tragedy. Sollers Investors LLC is maintaining a nuisance, albeit on private property. As stated in Baltimore County Code Article 13 Public Health, Safety, and the Environment, Title 7 Nuisances, Subsection 13-7-112: "An owner may not create or allow to exist on the owner's property a nuisance determined by the County Health Department...to be detrimental to public health, safety, or welfare....
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2013
A man left critically injured in a fire at the former Seagram's plant in Dundalk was identified Wednesday by Baltimore County officials. Sebastian M. Morawski, 40, of an unknown address, jumped three stories Saturday to escape the blaze and suffered life-threatening injuries, officials said. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Firefighters have responded about a dozen times to reports of fire at the former distillery in the 7100 block of Sollers Point Road, which has been considered for revitalization efforts by county officials.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2014
A 24-year-old man fell to his death at the former Seagram's plant in Dundalk this week, becoming the second person to die in an accident at the vacant facility since 2012. Baltimore County police say Tony King Jr. appeared to have fallen 14 feet from a walkway inside a building at the property on Sollers Point Road. Police were dispatched to the site Monday and found him dead when they arrived, said police spokeswoman Cpl. Cathy Batton. Investigators believe his death was accidental.
BUSINESS
By Kim Clark | November 2, 1991
Calvert brand whiskey, first concocted in Baltimore in 1939, never had anything to do with the noble British family of the same name that founded Maryland.And soon it won't have much to do with Maryland either.Joseph E. Seagram & Son's decision to sell some of its lower-priced liquor lines will probably result in layoffs at the distillery in Relay, the plant's manager, Frank Noppert, said yesterday.But the 460 jobs at the plant, near U.S. 1 and Interstate 95 in southern Baltimore County, will be safe for a while, he said.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2013
A man suffered life-threatening injuries after jumping three stories to escape a fire inside the old Seagram's building in Dundalk on Saturday night, Baltimore County fire officials said. Lt. Jay Ringgold, a fire department spokesman, said the man called 911 about 9:30 p.m. to report the fire and said he was in fear of his life. The fire, at the former distillery buildings in the 7100 block of Sollers Point Road, was not under control until about 1:30 a.m. Sunday and escalated to three alarms, Ringgold said.
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By Carrie Wells and Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2013
A fire inside the former Seagram's plant in Dundalk on Saturday night remains under investigation after a man jumped three stories to escape the blaze and suffered life-threatening injuries, Baltimore County officials said. Investigators said Monday they still did not know what the man was doing at the vacant facility, and they plan to conduct more security checks there. Over the past five years, firefighters have responded to reports of fire there about a dozen times, said Elise Armacost, a county public safety spokeswoman.
BUSINESS
By New York Times News Service | April 7, 1995
Seagram Co. has agreed to pay $7 billion to buy 80 percent of the movie and entertainment company MCA Inc. from Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., people close to the deal said yesterday.Matsushita acquired MCA in 1990, during the heady days of Japanese investment in the United States, but has agreed to cede control after failing to master the vagaries of Hollywood and a disgruntled U.S. management team.The money for the acquisition will come from the sale by Seagram of nearly all its 25 percent stake in DuPont for $8.8 billion in cash.
BUSINESS
By New York Times News Service | January 21, 1994
After months of acting nonchalant about the growing stake being acquired by Seagram Co., the board of Time Warner Inc. adopted defensive measures yesterday intended to prevent Seagram from buying more than 15 percent of Time Warner's stock.Seagram, a Montreal-based spirits company, has been building a stake since May in Time Warner, a New York-based media and entertainment company.On Wednesday, Seagram said it had increased its holdings to 11.7 percent from 10.4 percent. Seagram has said that it intends to buy as much as 15 percent of the company as an investment.
BUSINESS
By Kim Clark | May 24, 1991
Liquor will be made quicker here.Joseph E. Seagram & Sons Inc. unveiled its $24 million state-of-the-art spirits plant here yesterday, showing off fast-moving conveyor belts that take rattling and clinking bottles of Calvert whiskey, Wolfschmidt vodka and hundreds of other liquors to be filled, labeled and boxed.The new, 400-worker bottling and liquor-mixing plant replaces two older plants, one in Dundalk and one on the same site in Relay, that employed nearly 800 workers.Montreal-based Seagram sold the Dundalk plant to Montebello Brands Inc., a small local bottler best known for its introduction of kosher vodka.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2013
After Arthur Miskimon's 19-year-old son died from a three-story fall in an abandoned Dundalk warehouse, his grief drove him to learn all he could about the property. Looking over a folder of code-enforcement papers about the former Seagram's whiskey distillery last fall, Miskimon felt sick. "Why are these buildings still standing?" he asked. The Sollers Point Road property, known as a blighted hangout for teens where up to 20 fires have broken out in the past five years, has long been a source of community complaints.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2013
A man left critically injured in a fire at the former Seagram's plant in Dundalk was identified Wednesday by Baltimore County officials. Sebastian M. Morawski, 40, of an unknown address, jumped three stories Saturday to escape the blaze and suffered life-threatening injuries, officials said. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Firefighters have responded about a dozen times to reports of fire at the former distillery in the 7100 block of Sollers Point Road, which has been considered for revitalization efforts by county officials.
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By Carrie Wells and Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2013
A fire inside the former Seagram's plant in Dundalk on Saturday night remains under investigation after a man jumped three stories to escape the blaze and suffered life-threatening injuries, Baltimore County officials said. Investigators said Monday they still did not know what the man was doing at the vacant facility, and they plan to conduct more security checks there. Over the past five years, firefighters have responded to reports of fire there about a dozen times, said Elise Armacost, a county public safety spokeswoman.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2013
A man suffered life-threatening injuries after jumping three stories to escape a fire inside the old Seagram's building in Dundalk on Saturday night, Baltimore County fire officials said. Lt. Jay Ringgold, a fire department spokesman, said the man called 911 about 9:30 p.m. to report the fire and said he was in fear of his life. The fire, at the former distillery buildings in the 7100 block of Sollers Point Road, was not under control until about 1:30 a.m. Sunday and escalated to three alarms, Ringgold said.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2010
Baltimore County Fire Department crews knocked down three of the four walls of the old Seagram's Building in Dundalk after a two-alarm fire Friday. The building was part of the National Distillers Products, commonly known as Seagram's, distillery buildings at 7100 Sollers Point Road. The five-story building that caught fire was vacant and no one was inside at the time the blaze began, according to a statement from Elise Armacost, spokeswoman with the Fire Department. No injuries were reported.
NEWS
September 22, 2004
Richard Joseph Garson, a retired accountant and real estate salesman, died of complications from Parkinson's disease Saturday at his home in Maysville, Ky., where he had moved in 1998. The former Catonsville resident was 85. Born in Cleveland, he earned an accounting degree at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. During World War II, he served on a destroyer in the Atlantic. While in the service, he also studied at Harvard University. He moved to Maryland in 1943 and worked at the Seagram distillery in Relay as an accountant.
BUSINESS
By New York Times News Service | June 6, 1995
Hollywood's most closely watched deal ended up on the cutting-room floor yesterday as negotiations for Michael Ovitz to become head of the entertainment giant MCA Inc. unexpectedly collapsed.The end of the talks scuttled plans by Seagram Co.'s president, Edgar Bronfman Jr., to give Mr. Ovitz, chairman of the Creative Artists Agency, the reins of MCA, which Seagram now controls.Mr. Ovitz, who wields enormous clout in Hollywood as the top deal maker in the movie business, had been seeking about $250 million in compensation and equity from Seagram in return for agreeing to give up his majority stake in the talent agency and run MCA, individuals involved in the negotiations said.
BUSINESS
By Los Angeles Times | April 8, 1995
Seagram Co. continued yesterday to move quickly toward buying control of MCA Inc. amid growing confusion over whether the widely reported $7 billion price tag for 80 percent of the company was overstated by as much as $1.4 billion.Sources close to the deal, expected to be announced as early as tomorrow, said that the reported price leaked out Thursday was too high, and that Seagram would actually be paying only $5.6 billion.On Thursday, sources close to the situation had said that $7 billion was the price being paid for the 80 percent stake, which would put MCA's total value at close to $9 billion.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | November 8, 1996
The U.S. liquor industry decided yesterday to end a decades-long voluntary ban on the advertising of liquor products such as vodka, Scotch whisky, gin and tequila on television and radio.The decision by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, or Discus, the liquor trade association, came six months after Seagram Co., the nation's second-largest seller of distilled spirits, began defying the ban -- in effect since 1936 for radio and 1948 for television -- by running commercials in scattered markets.
BUSINESS
By Greg Schneider | September 29, 1996
WHAT COULD Seagram have been thinking? The distiller took on almost half a century of tradition earlier this year when it began airing television advertisements in Corpus Christi, Texas. Its industry had upheld a voluntary ban on TV ads for 48 years.Politicians, predictably, reacted with vigor. President Clinton and others called on Seagram to stop. But just last week, the Canada-based distiller announced its intent to plow ahead with more TV spots.It's expanding its advertising markets, bringing Chivas and Crown Royal whiskey to video screens in Boston and several other areas around the country -- including, possibly, a push at Baltimore.
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