Sunday, May 12, 2013
Knorr Brake Corporation was located on Baltimore Blvd in Westminster for 18 years before moving to its new facility near the airport in Westminster.
Knorr Brake Corporation showed off its new building on Arthur Peck Drive in Westminster on Thursday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Knorr Brake Corporation is a manufacturer of braking, door, and HVAC systems for the mass transit rail industry. Knorr's new $28 million, 235,000-square-foot facility across from the Carroll County Regional Airport is an upgrade from its previous location on Baltimore Blvd. Knorr's previous building was purchased by Land Sea Air, a newly formed manufacturing company for $3.5 million.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The new company plans to employ a 50-person workforce by year end, according to a news release.
As Knorr Brake Corporation celebrates the opening of its new 235,000-square-foot facility on Rt. 97, newly formed manufacturing company Land Sea Air is settling into its new home -- the former Knorr Brake headquarters on Baltimore Blvd. in Westminster. A former senior programs manager for General Dynamics has teamed with the owner of East Coast Machining Inc. to found Land Sea Air Manufacturing, a new corporation based in Westminster that fabricates components servicing the aircraft and aerospace industries, as well as defense contracting firms, according to a news release. To accommodate projected growth, Land Sea Air recently spent $3.5 million on the 90,000-square-foot Knorr office, warehouse and manufacturing facility at 861 Baltimore…
Monday, February 25, 2013
Larry Twele spent six years as the director of Economic Development in Carroll County. He resigned in 2011 and started working for the Economic Development Authority in Howard County.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Audience members at the Carroll Biz Challenge live event on Thursday will get to vote for one of five local entrepreneurs vying for a $5,000 prize.
Do you love weighing in on shows like Dancing with the Stars and The Voice? Participate in a live business competition right here in Westminster on Thursday--the audience will get to weigh in on who they think should walk away with the $5,000 prize. The first-ever Carroll Biz Challenge brought together more than 20 local entrepreneurs interested in starting a small business. The field was narrowed to five finalists and those five will pitch their ideas to a live audience Thursday evening at McDaniel College's Decker Auditorium. The following finalists will be competing for the $5,000 prize: See all of the applicants here. The event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. at McDaniel College’s Decker Auditorium. Tickets are $25 …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Carroll County government and the Chamber of Commerce recently honored several businesses in Carroll County.
The Department of Economic Development and the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce recently partnered to recognize successful and growing Carroll businesses. More than 130 people attended an awards program at The Portico of St. John in Westminster earlier this month. The following Carroll County businesses were recognized: Agritourism Award--Detour Winery According to a Carroll County Economic Development news release, Detour Winery is committed to educating youth about viticulture and the natural environment. Private tours of the vineyard allow visitors to enjoy hands-on education, as well as the lavish native landscaping, aquatics, perennials and native wildflowers along nature trails Though still in its infancy, Detour Winery has become …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Carroll County commissioners will hear the details of the small business revolving loan program in open session today.
The Carroll County Board of Commissioners approved a $500,000 small business loan fund in late June to help local startups get up and running. The commissioners are scheduled to hear the details on how it will work in open session Thursday. Several weeks ago the commissioners voted 4-1 (Robin Bartlett-Frazier voting against) to accept a $250,000 state of Maryland small business loan fund grant and to transfer $250,000 in matching county funds into the economic development budget. The county matching funds are dollars already budgeted for the Department of Economic Development; they are just being transferred into this particular fund. Do you think this is a wise use of the county's economic development dollars? The state grant is available…
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Business owners, co-workers and residents remember Stan Ruchlewicz, Westminster's economic development administrator, who died Tuesday.
Westminster business owners and residents are shocked and saddened by the death Tuesday of Stan Ruchlewicz, Westminster's economic development administrator who spent the last 10 years in the task of revitalizing the downtown area. Ruchlewicz came to Westminster in May 2001 from Havre de Grace, where he worked as the town's director of planning and zoning for more than a decade. Patch has gathered thoughts and memories from local business owners and co-workers. From Dave Baldwin, Owner of Furnace Hills Coffee Company Stan was an avid Arsenal Soccer fan. We spent the first part of every conversation comparing where our two teams were and really had a great time talking when they played each other. Stan had a fascination with England, …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Jonathan Weetman: "I wouldn’t say I am comfortable with the number as long as the number is representative of people who are looking for work not being able to find it."
Carroll County's unemployment rate dropped from 6.5 percent in January to 5.8 percent in April. Jonathan Weetman, administrator of Operations and Small Business Development for Carroll County's Department of Economic Development said that although the number is decreasing, he is not comfortable with it as long as there are people looking for work who can't find it. Weetman said that the national employment rate isn't always representative of what is happening at the local level. There often is not a direct correlation between the national, state, and local numbers month to month, he said. The national unemployment rate is 8.2 percent. The state unemployment rate is 6.5 percent and Carroll County is at 5.8 percent. "I wouldn’t say I am …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Denise Beaver is the deputy director of economic development for Carroll County government.
Every day, Denise Beaver is working with business owners, big and small, to help them grow and succeed in Carroll County. Beaver has been the county's deputy director of economic development since 2001, and she recently earned national economic developer recertification. There are currently only 1,200 active CEcD's in the United States. The CEcD designation, according to a county news release, recognizes practitioners in the economic development field. For initial certification candidates must pass a comprehensive three-part, two-day examination, which tests a practitioner’s knowledge, proficiency and judgment in the key areas of economic development, including business retention and expansion, marketing, finance, workforce development, …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
This video from 1968 offers unique footage of Carroll County and the people who helped make it what it is today.
Take a stroll back in time to see first-hand what industry looked like in Carroll County in 1968. This video, uploaded recently by Carroll County government, explores economic development and offers a glimpse into the history and community of Carroll County. Highlights/Interesting Notes from the video: If you were living in Carroll County in the late 1960's, tell us what life was like and how it was different (or the same) than it is today. Tell us in the comments.