Celebrating Frederick County's Manufacturers

Thursday, October 7 was Maryland Manufacturing Day and the Frederick County Office of Economic Development (OED) in partnership with the Frederick County Manufacturers Roundtable, hosted a Manufacturing Lunch, Learn and Tour event in celebration of the economic contributions of the County’s manufacturers. The event was held at Abicor Binzel, a leader in the making of handheld and robotic welding torches and accessories with headquarters in Giessen, Germany and a production facility in Frederick, MD.

John Kaylor, President of Abicor Binzel gave an overall view of company and Jennifer Milas, Senior Tax Manager of McLean, Koehler, Sparks and Hammond spoke about the R&D Tax Credit for the manufacturing industry. Approximately 25 people representing Frederick County's manufacturing industry attended and learned more about their fellow manufacturer and tips on what to look for in the R&D arena. Abicor gave a tour of their facility and provided the group with best manufacturing practices.

The manufacturing lunch, learn and tour events are held quarterly with Frederick County manufacturing companies hosting fellow manufacturers to their facility to network with one another, tour facilities, share best practices and learn from industry exports on manufacturing topics.

On Saturday, October 8, Frederick Brick Works celebrated their 125 year anniversary. County Executive Jan Gardner and County Council President Bud Otis were in attendance to recognize the company on 125 years of manufacturing traditions in Frederick County.

Frederick Brick works is a building material supplier with an ever-expanding line of products. The company was housed for 116 years at their original location on East South Street but today, they boast a modern showroom and company offices with a warehouse at 1731 Monocacy Blvd in Frederick.

Frederick County's strategic location at the convergence of I-270 & I-70 , a highly skilled workforce, education system, business-friendly climate and infrastructure all play a big role in why manufacturers choose Frederick County. Wages for manufacturing jobs pay 30% more than the County’s private sector average presenting a significant opportunity for residents to work locally.