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EAGB Staff Tours Carroll County

EAGB staff is on tour to gain fresh perspective and updates on the economic development assets and opportunities of the Greater Baltimore region. We visited Carroll County to meet with Jack Lyburn, Director of Economic Development; Denise Beaver, Deputy Director, CCDED; and Paige Sunderland, Business Development Manager, CCDED.  Carroll thrives on international business and a strong manufacturing industry, specifically. Below are highlights from our tour and several featured manufacturers:

  • A. Coyote Manufacturing is a full service, USDA certified organic manufacturer of USA-made animal treats for private label brands. Their facility in Westminster includes over 20,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space.

  • Advanced Thermal Batteries (ATB) manufactures thermal batteries used in space equipment and by the defense industry for missiles, rockets and bombs.  The US division of ASB Group, a world-wide leader in the manufacturing of thermal batteries for the Defense Industry moved into a new larger 40,000 sq. ft. Westminster manufacturing facility in 2016. Incorporated in 2006 they employ approximately 55 people.

  • EVAPCO, Inc., headquartered in Taneytown, designs and manufactures high-quality evaporative cooling and industrial refrigeration products. In 2017, the Taneytown world headquarters expanded by adding a new 160,000 sq. ft. building; the expansion will add 125 new jobs over the next five years. 

  • Fairlawn Tool, Inc. is a contract metal manufacturer that recently invested $6.5 million in its future by building a new 75,000 sq. ft. facility in the Westminster Technology Park.  

  • FISO is a manufacturer of specialty doors, frames and associated products and is the only manufacturer in North America using a true powder coat finish on the door and frame system. Their Westminster 50,000 square foot building with a capital investment estimated at over $4 million was selected in March 2017 as the company’s first U.S. manufacturing location.  The company currently employs 25 and committed to employ 75 by December 2023.   

  • Fuchs North America began as Baltimore Spice in 1939 and has a 75-year legacy as a leading provider of premium custom seasoning blends.  The Fuchs Group operates nine state-of-the-art manufacturing plants on four continents - Europe, Asia, North and South America. In 2016, they moved to a 21-acre campus in Hampstead. Fuchs Group is the world’s largest privately-held spice and seasoning company.

  • Knorr Brake Company’s North American Mass Transit Braking Systems is headquartered in Westminster Technology Park.  Knorr Brake Company (KBC), a division of Knorr-Bremse, AG moved to Carroll County in 1991. The company manufactures braking, door, and HVAC systems for the mass transit rail industry and expanded into a new LEED GOLD certified 240,000 square foot facility in 2013.  KBC employs over 400 people at the Westminster location.

  • Penguin Random House is Carroll County’s largest private employer. They expanded its Westminster facility for the seventh time by 192,000 square feet in 2018. Capital investment in the project was over $14 million and they now occupy a total of 1.6 million square feet in Westminster. Over one million books a day are delivered from the Westminster distribution complex. In 2018: Penguin Random House US ranks #1 on Forbes list of America’s Best Midsize Employers. PRH celebrated its fifth anniversary as the world’s largest trade book publisher.

  • Strouse Corporation’s new facility 65,000 square foot facility at 1211 Independence Way in Westminster positions them to continue to be a leading supplier of adhesive die cut solutions to medical and industrial customers. Major customers include 3M, Ford and Medtronics. The company employs 75 people.

  • Baugher’s Orchard in Westminster has a long tradition as a family farm dating back to 1904. Over the years, their farms have grown to over 600 acres in production, with over 200 acres available for pick your own fruit. Yummy!


  • The Carroll County Farm Museum (CCFM) provides the public with the opportunity to experience mid-19th century rural life. It was the first of its kind in Maryland opening its doors to the public on August 13, 1966. The CCFM is the home of The Maryland Wine Festival®; the 36th year old festival which will be held September 21-22, 2019.

  • Carroll County Arts Council annually hosts the “PeepShow” -  a display of marshmallow masterpieces featuring more than 150 sculptures, dioramas, graphic arts, oversized characters and mosaics created and inspired by PEEPS®. Attendance every year continues to grow!

There’s still more to learn about Carroll County and the Carroll County Department of Economic Development. Stay connected by visiting their websites and social media channels:

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