The Board of Carroll County Commissioners announced Monday that Fuchs North America will be relocating from Owings Mills to Hampsted.

The company, part of the worldwide Fuchs Group since 1990, may be better known locally as "Baltimore Spice."

According to a county news release, "steady growth led the company to seek out a larger footprint on which to expand."

Fuchs is expected to purchase about 20 acres of land at the North Carroll Business Park in Hampstead.

Construction plans call for over 200,000 square feet to house Fuchs' corporate headquarters, including its R&D and Culinary Center, state-of-the-art production facility, and quality control and testing labs, according to the news release.

"Our success in growing the company into one of the leading developers of seasonings in the food industry has necessitated this move," Fuchs North America CEO Dan Cooper said in a statement. "Relocating to a new, upgraded facility will allow us to continue that progress and position ourselves for future growth opportunities, creating more jobs in the process."

Cooper added that Fuchs looks forward to "being a valued corporate partner in our new community."

The company currently employs 168 people in the Baltimore area.

This is the second major announcement by the Carroll County Department of Economic Development in less than a week.

The county announced Jan. 7 that clothing firm Tom James Co. would be opening a new Carlisle Etcetera LLC national distribution center in Westminster while expanding its English American Tailoring Company, also in Westminster.

The county is expected to announce another major economic development accomplishment within the next two weeks.

County commissioner Haven Shoemaker and Hampstead Mayor Chris Nevin applauded the news in a statement.

"I welcome Fuchs North America to Carroll County and to the Town of Hampstead," Shoemaker said. "Fuchs represents a significant success for our county in terms of creating quality manufacturing jobs for our residents."

Nevin said the town looks forward to having Fuchs as a long-term corporate neighbor.

"We have been impressed by the initial discussions with management about the facility they plan to build and the employees that need to be hired," he said. "We believe they will quickly strengthen the fabric of our town by hiring local residents, generating demand for our local businesses and being involved in area charitable causes."

Baltimore Spice was founded in 1939 and as operations expanded, the company outgrew its Baltimore City facility and moved to its present location on Reisterstown Road in 1959. The company expanded its location in 1979 and 2010.