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A Unique Resource for Regional Businesses
December 2016
Businesses and their employees in Harford County, Maryland and the surrounding region are increasingly relying on University Center, just minutes off I-95 in Aberdeen, to meet their professional development, career training, education, meeting space and technological resource needs. University Center, or UC, a multi-university campus and premier business meeting complex located at the former HEAT […]

Familiar Name, Larger Impact
April 2016
MedStar Health has served the Harford County region for over 20 years. Through those 20 years, the community and organization have formed a strong relationship, which is just one reason for the new state-of-the-art facility. MedStar Health is a name Harford County residents are quite familiar with, thanks to a 20-plus-year presence in the county; […]

Streamlining the Permit Process
December 2015
Anyone familiar with Microsoft Project software can with the simple effort of inputting data, see clearly how easily a project can be blown out of the financial safe zone, with a couple of poorly timed delays. For years, in many communities, permitting was often one of those delays that could set a project on its […]

Building Green
June 2015
The real estate and commercial development industries have a significant impact on the environment. And while much can still be done to improve and alter business practices in these fields to lessen the harmful effects on the environment – less debris going to landfills, reduction of greenhouse gases and increased adoption of green technology – many builders, developers and real estate firms have already taken great steps to “go green.”

Healthy Dinner … for Fido
April 2015
Russell Armstrong waxes poetic when he talks about the natural ingredients in his Verus Pet Foods – but remember, he’s making the food for his own dog, Scupper. “It really is a passion,” he admits. And so is the pup he rescued from the Caribbean island of Anguilla five years ago. Armstrong first saw the […]

Never Too Old to Change
December 2014
Chocolate-covered pretzels sell well at Wockenfuss Candies. But Paul Wockenfuss hated throwing away all the broken pretzels. “We’re candy makers,” he says. So the pretzels were crushed, mixed with almond butter crunch and mixed with chocolate. The resulting crispy pretzel bits became a big seller. “Now I’m selling so many I have to crush pretzels,” […]

Emergency Relief
October 2014
When Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast in October 2012, it left a U.S. Coast Guard microwave tower underwater … 17 feet underwater. All the communications equipment was ruined. So, they called Adam Pattisall, CEO of Increditek, a small Harford County company, who took a team to Sandy Hook, N.J., to bring the tower back online. When a generator wouldn’t cooperate, Pattisall called in an employee – Rick Zimmerman, a NASCAR fan familiar with cars – to keep restarting the diesel machinery until a new generator could be delivered. He was there for several hours.

Simple Process, High-Tech Results
August 2014
It’s a simple process. Take a plain unadorned object, dip it and voila! – it’s covered in camouflage, stars and stripes or row after row of Hello Kitty. Alex Garcia keeps thinking of new ways to use the high-tech permanent coating system that is the basis of his new venture, HydroGraphic Solutions. Hoping to develop […]

In the Center of It All
June 2014
Huber Engineered Materials The J.M. Huber Corp. was awarded the IMD-Lombard Odier Global Family Business Award for 2013. The award was established by the International Institute for Management Development and Lombard, Odier & Cie in 1996. Past winners of the prestigious award include Merck Group, S.C. Johnson Family Enterprises and the LEGO Group. “Huber is […]

Rock Solid
February 2014
Signs marking the entrance to Vulcan Materials Company are tucked in greenery along Route 155, where the Piedmont Plateau rapidly gives way to the Atlantic Coastal Plain.

Making Business Dreams a Reality
December 2013
Harford’s Entrepreneurs Edge

Staying Flexible in Order to Succeed
October 2013
Water’s Edge Events Center Flexible might not be the first word that comes to mind when you think about the long-anticipated Water’s Edge Events Center in Belcamp. Stunning architectural design. Million dollar waterfront views. State-of-the-art audio-visual technology. Sophisticated décor. Creative, delectable cuisine. Appropriate words, certainly. Flexible, though, is most fitting for Water’s Edge, which hosted […]

VanDeusen Remodels Business Plan, Again
August 2013
Rainbow International of Northeastern Maryland When long-time Harford County and Baltimore County residents hear the name Jay Van Deusen, they think remodeling. Homes, certainly, but those in the know are aware he’s done a little remodeling on his business plan, too. Four years ago, Van Deusen launched Rainbow International of Northeastern Maryland, a residential and […]

For Government Contractors, Success ‘Hinges’ on Locating at The GATE
June 2013
You’re familiar with the saying that the three most important things in real estate are location, location, location. That’s clearly true in the case of The GATE at APG, a 416-acre, state-of-the-art office and technology business park constructed by St. John Properties inside Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG). The Government and Technology Enterprise (The GATE at […]

Growing Into Their Business: Total Urgent Care
April 2013
Ten years ago, Theresa and Bruce Lewis stepped out in faith, opening a workplace medicine practice in a strip mall on Route 40 in Edgewood. The couple named the business Total Urgent Care, a name that didn’t perfectly describe their workplace’s medical focus, but a name they planned to grow into. Bruce, a physician assistant, […]

Translating into Success: Reliable Language Services
February 2013
Imagine you’re on vacation in Central America, there to explore lush rain forests and pre-Columbian ruins. You take a tumble down a hillside and later, take a taxi to the hospital. Or, maybe your teenager asks to walk to a nearby store. Two hours later you cannot find him at the hotel, the store, nor […]

Seeking Calm at Peaceful Waters
December 2012
Some people have a gift that lets them see past the ugliness of something to glimpse its potential. People who know Deborah Blackwell say she has this gift. Peaceful Waters is an Edgewood-based sober home for women Blackwell opened in August 2008, shortly after she says God laid out a plan that would change her […]

Small Company, Big Results
October 2012
One of a kind. When we’re talking Welch Mechanical Designs in Belcamp, that could mean what the company does, the man who founded it, or the motley crew Wayne Welch hand-picked and molded into a multi-disciplinary, highly-experienced engineering and manufacturing team dedicated to producing perfection. Welch Mechanical Designs occupies two units in a non-descript strip […]

Four Generations of Caring
August 2012
Charlie Evans has many fond childhood memories, and they don’t always involve trips to the beach, ice cream cones or playing with the family dog. Instead, his cherished memories are spending time with his Dad at his job at a funeral home. Evans, owner of Evans Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, is the fourth-generation owner […]

Made in the U.S.A.
June 2012
It’s not easy to find products made entirely in America. Family-owned F. W. Haxel Co. is keeping a 77-year tradition alive in Havre de Grace with custom-made flags, banners and signs produced in Harford County and shipped around the world. Number of Employees: 15 Year Founded: 1935 Property size: 3 acres Number of Facilities: 3 […]

High-Tech Ballistics: H.P. White Laboratory
March 2012
A Power Player in Military Testing Hidden away between farms in Street off Scarboro Road is an unlikely business, H.P. White Laboratory. Owned by Intertek, a global quality safety and solutions provider, H.P. White remains a separate entity due to its heavy ties to the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and U.S. military […]

What’s Inside CadiumCD?
February 2012
CadiumCD Makes Meetings Simple Large screen monitors adorn the desks. Sample CDs cover the walls. Inside the offices of CadiumCD, the ubiquitous atmosphere of creativity spills over the desks and onto the floors, filled with industry trade show magazines. the constant hum of computers and a vibe of designers and programmers hard at work providing […]

Big Player in Athletics, Pet Health
December 2011
Nutramax Laboratories Observed in Edgewood Located in an ordinary business park on Lakeside Boulevard in Edgewood, Nutramax Laboratories, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of health and wellness products for people and pets. Quick Facts       Employees: 250 Facility size: 2 bldgs, 105,000 square feetFounded in MD: 1992 Sales: $100M Annual payroll: $18.5M Econ. Impact […]

What’s Inside That Building?
October 2011
Tucked away in Cecil County off Route 40 in Elkton is Terumo Medical Corp., a manufacturer and developer of innovative medical devices. The circle “T” in the company logo symbolizes the hope for health and development of people everywhere. At Terumo Medical Corp., not only do most employees wear mandatory shoe coverings (think blue hospital […]

Ordinary Building, Extraordinary Company
August 2011
Beige colored cinder block walls camouflage Avon Protection’s exterior. Beyond the building’s buzzer entry is a small reception desk and a welcoming interior reception area with signage that reads, “Protecting the Protectors.” Scores of Avon’s personal protection gas masks are displayed in glass boxes. Welcome to Avon Protection, the largest respiratory product manufacturer in the […]