Commercial furniture firm buys former Givaudan site

A commercial furniture company has bought a former manufacturing site near the intersection of Painters Mill and Reisterstown roads in Owings Mills and hopes to be part of revitalization efforts in the area.

Douron Commercial Interiors plans to move its corporate headquarters to the site at 10 Painters Mill Road toward the end of 2012, Ron Hux, president and owner, said Monday. The 100,000-square-foot building is on 7.5 acres.

Douron purchased the property for $2.8 million, Hux said.

The building, constructed in 1955, had most recently been used by Givaudan, a flavor and fragrance company. Douron plans to renovate the structure, which has been vacant for about two years, and add 4,000 square feet, Hux said.

Douron, which has been in Owings Mills since 1971, now has its headquarters about a half-mile from the Painters Mill Road location. The company also has warehouses in the area. The move will allow Douron to consolidate its operations, Hux said.

The new Douron site is across from the future Foundry Row development, a planned 400,000-square-foot retail center in which Wegmans Food Markets says it will open its second location in Baltimore County.

Other development projects in the area include the planned revamping of the Owings Mills Mall and the construction of Metro Center.

Douron, which sells corporate, educational and library furnishings and mobile shelving, plans to open a 9,000-square-foot showroom in its new building. The company has 115 employees in Owings Mills.

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