Knorr had been considering a location in Hanover, Pa., for its new facility before choosing to stay in Westminster.

Mike McMullin, president of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, said it was an "amazing" achievement for Carroll to keep Knorr in Westminster.

"That would have been a huge loss, if they would have left," McMullin said.

The new facility is double the size of Knorr's former building and includes space within the new facility to expand operations as the company grows and acquires smaller companies, Towns said.

He said the expectation is that company sales will grow from $124 million to $150 million over the next three years.

An additional 160,000 square feet is available for expanding the building in the future.

McMullin said Knorr's expansion and planned expansions mean "the future is bright" with more jobs for Carroll residents.

Knorr's new facility is expected to received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification, in part because of 3,036 solar panels that line the roof of the building. Those panels provide about 50 percent of all the energy the company needs.

The former Knorr building on Baltimore Boulevard did not remain vacant for long.

Newly formed Land Sea Air Manufacturing purchased the building earlier this month for $3.5 million. Employees began moving into the facility in early April and all operations should be up and running by June, according to Vice President Paul Virtz.

Land Sea Air manufactures components for the aircraft and aerospace industries, as well as defense contracting firms. They are a parts supplier to Knorr.