Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz lauded the success of the changing manufacturing landscape in the county and affirmed the county’s commitment to supporting the growing industry. These remarks came after Kamenetz toured Zentech Manufacturing in Woodlawn this week.
As reported in The Baltimore Sun:
Kamenetz also highlighted some of the 492 diverse manufacturing companies that provide 13,800 jobs and produce $948 million in annual wages, according to federal labor statistics.
These include DuClaw and Heavy Seas breweries, Benyon Sports in Hunt Valley, a manufacturer of turf fields, and Mann-Pak, a veteran and family-owned packaging company in Middle River that makes the thin brown paper that helps seal Reese’s peanut butter cups.
The county has about 20,000 businesses.
“These companies have found that making things is good business,” he said. “They know their markets, they know their customers and innovation is what they need to be successful right here in Baltimore County.”
As the image of manufacturing changes, so do the jobs that are in demand for it to thrive, Kamenetz said.
The jobs are less labor intensive and require workers with an an education in science, technology, engineering and math, he said.
It’s the county’s goal, he said, to create educational opportunities to help fill the needed jobs.
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