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 March 2014

Exelon (Baltimore City)
Will break ground on its 648,000-square foot regional headquarters in Harbor East by the end of this month.  The Chicago-based power provider plans to occupy the new building by 2016.
iWebGate Technology Limited (Baltimore County)
Is opening an office at bwtech@UMBC in the beginning of April.  The Australian cyber firm’s CEO cited the area’s strong talent pool and hopes to have 12 employees working from this office within eight months.
VSP Global (Baltimore County)
Leased 4,000 square feet in Halethorpe to assemble prescription eyeglasses and could hire up to 40 within the next two years. The California based optical lens maker is also poised to make lenses for Google Glass after the wearable-computer product launches later this year.
BB&T (Howard County)
Opened a loan processing office in Columbia with 30 employees and plans to hire another 20 within the next six months.  Some workers at the North Carolina-based bank’s “credit hub” were transferred here from out of state.
Convergence Technology Consulting (Howard County)
Moved from Glen Burnie to an 8,000-square-foot office in Columbia to be close to other technology companies and its client base. The fast-growing cyber security company employs 65 and hopes to hire 20 to 30 employees by mid-2015.
 February 2014

SAK Construction (Baltimore County)
Will open a new regional headquarters in Halethorpe and expects to hire about 50 over the next three years.  The Missouri-based company, which specializes in the repair of aging water and sewer pipes, won contracts to work on systems in Baltimore City as well as Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.
Choptank Transport (Caroline County)
Plans to increase staff by 32 at its Preston headquarters with more sales representatives. The logistics and warehousing company has already hired more than 35 here in the past two years.
Frito-Lay (Harford County)
Plans to invest $60 million to expand its Aberdeen plant with a new 164,244-square-foot-warehouse. The snack making company, a unit of New York-based PepsiCo, will hire 100 in addition to the 379 currently employed here.
Quality Software Services (Howard County)
Looks to increase staff by 50 in Columbia.  The information technology contractor is expanding as it takes on more work related to health care reform.
Verizon (Wicomico County)
Is hiring 30 additional staff at its Salisbury call center. The New Jersey-based telecommunications company needs full-time sales and service consultants to handle requests from landline customers.
 January 2014

Millennial Media (Baltimore City)
Signed a new 10-year lease, valued at $1.8 million annually, at the Can Company building in Canton that will more than double the size of the company’s headquarters to nearly 96,000 square feet. The independent mobile advertising company projects significant employee growth in the near future.
Mariner Finance (Baltimore County)
Signed a lease for nearly 35,000 square feet in the former Williams Scotsman building in Nottingham. The consumer loan provider will relocate from its 15,000-square-foot Canton office in May after the building is upgraded.
Carlisle Etcetera / English American Tailoring (Carroll County)
Will add 75 jobs in the next five years in Westminster, utilizing a DBED loan of $250,000 and a county training grant of $30,000. Tom James Company, Tennessee-based parent of both, opened a Carlisle Etcetera distribution center there and will expand the English American Tailoring plant where it currently employs 380.
Fuchs North America (Carroll County)
Will relocate its operations from Baltimore County to a 200,000-square-foot LEED-certified facility in Hampstead.  The German-based spice manufacturer currently employs 168 in the Baltimore area and is expected to invest at least $16 million on land acquisition and construction.
U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research (Frederick County)
Built a new 2,145-square-foot vivarium at Fort Detrick to be used for rodent research and observation. The lab took 19 months to complete at a cost of about $2 million.
 December 2013

Hamilton Relay (Allegany County)
Will increase its current staff of 160 in Frostburg by more than 20 full- and part-time workers. The Nebraska-based company needs workers to process captioned telephone calls, and to relay conversations in English and Spanish.
Hunter Douglas Northeast (Allegany County)
Will add 250 more employees by July as the window fashion manufacturer gears up to meet the demands of customers for its products. In addition to production jobs, the Netherlands-based company will also hire for customer service and management positions.
Mark-Lang (Baltimore City)
Acquired an 18,260-square-foot industrial facility in Brooklyn for $1.15 million. The Millersville-based paving preparation and soil stabilization company will move into the building soon.
DK Diagnostics (Frederick County)
Plans to invest $1 million in operations in the state and grow to 20 employees over the next two years. The Sao Paulo-based biotechnology company, which manufactures and markets a parasite testing kit, currently employs four in Frederick.
Black-Eyed Susan Brewery (Howard County)
Signed a 15-year lease on a 22,500-square-foot warehouse in Columbia for an estimated $2 million capital investment. The owner also recently purchased brewery equipment and plans to begin full-scale operation in April.
 November 2013

Potomac Photonics (Baltimore County)
Is moving 20 employees from Prince George’s County to bwtech@UMBC to be in a more tech-centric community. The digital manufacturing firm expects to hire at least five people within the next year, not including interns and graduate students.
Carlisle Etcetera (Carroll County)
Purchased an 84,000-square-foot building in Westminster for a warehouse and distribution operation. The New York-based wardrobe consulting company was searching for a facility to enable it to service multiple markets throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Sephora USA (Harford County)
Plans to open a tailor-made 655,800-square-foot warehouse in Perryman to serve as the distribution hub for its East Coast customers, adding 200 full-time jobs to support its growth. The cosmetics retailer will almost double its footprint in the county when the facility opens in mid-2014.
 October 2013

Amazon.com (Baltimore City)
Will open a 1 million-square-foot distribution center that will employ 1,000 people at the site of the former General Motors plant in Southeast Baltimore.  The Seattle-based online retailer plans to open its new facility in 2014.
Red Hawk (Baltimore County)
Took out a small business loan for $500,000 to expand its warehouse by 30,000 square feet.  The Rosedale-based golf cart parts company will also add 20 full-time employees.
Reliable Churchill (Baltimore County)
Will relocate its headquarters to a new 449,200-square-foot building at Baltimore Crossroads. The largest wine and spirits distributorship in Maryland and employer of over 500 associates will consolidate its office and warehouse operations in a build-to-suit, state-of-the-art facility.
Acer Exhibits and Events (Harford County)
Purchased a 167,270-square-foot building in Havre de Grace for its new headquarters for $3 million. The custom exhibits agency plans to renovate the facility before moving there by mid-2014.
Volvo Group (Washington County)
Will hire an additional 140 new employees at its facility north of Hagerstown as part of a $30 million expansion project.  The Sweden-based engine and transmission manufacturer currently employs about 1,500 workers at this facility.
 September 2013

First National Bank (Baltimore City)
Plans to open a regional headquarters and branch at 300 E. Lombard St. by the end of 2013.  The largest subsidiary of Pennsylvania-based F.N.B. Corporation, First National leased 11,000 square feet and will employ about 50 people there.
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park (Howard County)
Opened a 31,000-square-foot trampoline park in Columbia. The facility has already hired 80 people, with intentions to have over 130 employees when fully staffed.
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