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Continued Success at Protenergy

Congratulations on the retention of over 100 jobs and over $16 million in capital contributions over the past five years. TreeHouse Foods, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, acquired Protenergy in May 2014. Protenergy Natural Foods is a growing and innovative company at the forefront of the evolution of carton and recart broth, soups, beverages and gravies; both for private label and corporate brands. Protenergy, which operates a 200,000-square-foot production facility on Woods Road in Cambridge, is known in the industry for their Tetra Recart packaging and aseptic packaging. To learn more visit www.protenergyfoods.com.

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October is Manufacturing Month

October is Manufacturing Month! Manufacturing is considered the backbone of economic growth and provides over 100,000 jobs statewide. Over the past five years manufacturing employment numbers have risen in Dorchester County.  According to Maryland’s Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), the first quarter of 2012 showed an average of 1,962 manufacturing jobs in the county and each year since there has been an increase. 2016’s first quarter numbers were recorded at 2,273. Have you ever wondered what products are produced in Dorchester County? If you have, here’s a short list: boats, airplanes, conveyor belts, architectural mesh, hand grenade parts, High Temperature Co-fired Ceramic Technology for thermal energy, hermetic packages, taps for tap shoes, dog beds, corrugated boxes, high performance firearms, custom field guns, regulators for the breath alcohol market, brewery and winery filters, Sherwin Williams paint brush handles, test tubes, soups, mushrooms, chicken, seafood, beer, wine and more. There is a rich history of manufacturing in Dorchester County. Manufacturing has experienced numerous changes over past decades, but continues to be a major employer for the county. Don’t forget to thank Dorchester’s Manufacturers this month!

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Celebrating 40 Years in Business

Calgaz, a wholly owned subsidiary of Air Liquide located in Cambridge, MD continues to thrive in the calibration gas industry. Calgaz established the calibration gas market and is celebrating its 40th birthday this year. Calgaz continues to stay on the forefront of innovation and has an extensive line of gas blends, custom labels and cylinders.  Serving customers and industries where error could be fatal, safety is the core of their business. Customers rely on calibration gas protection to warn against unsafe environments through different detection mechanisms. There are distribution hubs in Singapore, Dubai, Shanghai, and Australia and manufacturing sites in Cambridge and the United Kingdom.  Their global network reaches 125 countries. The Cambridge location employs 60 people. To learn more about Calgaz please visit www.calgaz.com.

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Local Manufacturer Expands

Egide, an international group specializing in the manufacturing of hermetic packages for sensitive electronic components, is pleased to announce the expansion of its manufacturing facility in Cambridge, Maryland with a $2.5 million investment in facilities and equipment.  The company, which has been in Dorchester County since 2000, currently employees 72 people in its Cambridge facility. As part of the expansion, it plans to add to its total number of employees. Egide’s Cambridge facility produces a large variety of hermetic packages used for Aerospace, Defense and Optoelectronic applications. Egide provides the product design, engineering, manufacturing and product support for customers in the North American market. The expansion includes facility and equipment to produce High Temperature Co-fired Ceramic (HTCC), used in the manufacture of specific types of hermetic packages. The Expansion has been accomplished with the assistance of a technical team from its Bollene, France facility. The primary function being to transfer Egide’s intellectual property to the new facility. The Cambridge facility will now contain a 2,000 square foot Class 10,000 clean room for the screen printing, via forming and lamination processes. A furnace room area has been created with organic burnout ovens and high temperature atmospheric furnaces for sintering. In addition, …

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Export Forum held for local Businesses

The Dorchester County Economic Development Office hosted an Export Forum held at the Eastern Shore Innovation Center located in the Dorchester Regional Technology Park. The Maryland Department of Commerce planned the forum and invited businesses interested in exporting and expanding their reach overseas. Many supporting agencies presented including the United States Export Assistance Center; Maryland Department of Commerce; Maryland Department of Agriculture; Small Business Administration Export Finance; and the District Export Council. Topics included federal and state resources to help Maryland companies advance their export sales. Export grant funds, free and low-cost match making services, and trade show opportunities were presented. In addition, the Export Forum focused on programs for agricultural and food products. For more information on exporting please contact the Dorchester County Economic Development Office at 410-228-0155.

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Cambridge International

SPECIAL TO DORCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT by Cambridge International: Dorchester County-based Cambridge International was recognized by SmartCEO magazine as one of the Washington, D.C. region’s fastest-growing, mid-sized companies at a gala event held February 4 at the Hyatt Regency Reston in Virginia. Cambridge CEO Tracy L. Tyler accepted the Future 50 award from SmartCEO market director, Heather Louise Finch before 500 attendees. Cambridge was the only Eastern Shore awardee and the oldest company selected by the magazine’s editors. Tyler – the only manufacturing CEOs honored in the Future 50 category — was recognized for her management of the challenges, successes and strategy behind Cambridge’s growth. “On behalf of our entire team, I am proud to accept this prestigious award,” said Tyler. “By leveraging the fearlessness of our founders and constantly innovating, we increased sales, customers, revenues and employees, leading to the most successful period in our 105-year history.” The January 2016 edition of SmartCEO notes that Cambridge has evolved to become the global leader in metal conveyor belts and metal mesh for the architecture industry. Cambridge holds more patents than any other competitor and continues to revolutionize continuous processing belt technology. Chosen based on a three-year average of …

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HUBZone Companies

The Dorchester County Economic Development Office (DCED) worked with the flowing companies and is pleased to announce their Historically Underuti­lized Business Zones (HUBZone) certification; Garvey Environmental, Quevera, Cambridge Federal LLC and Group Z Inc. Last February local businesses interested in becoming HUBZone certified attended a free HUBZone workshop offered through the DCED. The HUBZone program helps small businesses by providing federal con­tracting opportunities for qualified businesses located in the designated areas. The purpose of the program is to promote economic development and employment growth by providing federal contracting opportunities. Dorchester County is a federally designated HUBZone. For more information on the HUBZone certification please contact the DCED at 410-225-0155.

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FABTECH wrap-up

Dorchester County Economic Development (DCED) recently attended the 2015 FABTECH Trade show at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. FABTECH is North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, and finishing event. DCED shared a booth with the Maryland Department of Commerce, combining efforts to attract companies.  Four leads were developed and since then, Dorchester County has been placed on an expansion evaluation list for one of the companies. The trade show attracted 40,000 attendees and 1500 exhibitors. The four-day event connected industry professionals to the latest technologies for buying, selling and networking. For further information on the tradeshow, please contact the DCED office at 410-228-0155.

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Local Firm Scores Editors’ Choice Award

Local Metal Mesh Manufacturer Receives Best New Product of 2014 Recognition More than 50 years ago, a Cambridge, Maryland, company worked with renowned architectural firm Philip Johnson to design and install woven metal mesh for the elevators of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s landmark Seagram Building. In 2002, Cambridge Architectural was formed as a separate division of Cambridge International to specialize in both interior and exterior applications of woven metal mesh. Today, this Dorchester County company continues to be a trailblazer in architectural mesh. In December, Cambridge Architectural’s new Build-A-Pattern line, with its distinct Windsor mesh option, was named one of Architectural Record’s best new products for 2014. One of more than 500 nominations submitted for this prestigious industry recognition, Windsor Build-A-Pattern received the Editors’ Choice Award in the Facades Category. “We were honored to receive this special recognition from architecture industry media leadership,” said Tom Ross, COO. “The judges evaluated all entries based on innovation, usefulness and aesthetics. Build-A-Pattern’s flexibility and beauty are perfect for today’s architects and designers.” The applications of woven metal mesh include wall cladding, curtains, fall protection, branding and glare reduction. Cambridge’s metal mesh has been featured in universities, airports, office buildings and entertainment/sports arenas …

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Manufacturing Survey Captures New Trends

The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) recently released their Maryland Advanced Manufacturing Survey with a variety of valuable information.  The survey captures data that includes, but is not limited to, industry sectors, average yearly wages, workforce, supply chain, financing, etc.  Manufacturing has experienced numerous changes over past decades, but continues to be an economic driver for other industries. The survey explains the multiplier effect, stating almost two jobs are created for every manufacturing job in Maryland. The multiplier effect is even higher for high-technology jobs. According to DBED, close to 20 percent of Maryland’s total workforce was made up of manufacturing in the late 1960’s. That is vast change from today’s current number of 4 percent. Maryland like the rest of the country has experienced the decrease in manufacturing jobs and businesses. The increase in automated machinery and technology has produced more efficient processes cutting back on need for manpower.  However, the survey suggests the multiplier effect is so powerful that manufacturing supports a larger proportion of the state’s economy than the numbers provide. To download the survey, please visit business.maryland.gov.

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