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Mindgrub Technologies moves to former Phillips site in Locust Point

When app developer Mindgrub Technologies outgrew its space for the umpteenth time, CEO Todd Marks did what any good tech entrepreneur would do — he turned to Google.

An analysis of his employees' commutes using Google Maps and Google Earth led Marks to Locust Point, and the former Phillips Seafood headquarters. Mindgrub set up shop there three weeks ago and is set to get an official welcome from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and a group of city small business leaders Wednesday.

"We're really growing fast and we need to attract a lot of talent," Marks said, adding that many of the young professionals Mindgrub is seeking to recruit already live in the city and want to stay there. "It was a harder sell to get somebody out of the city into the 'burbs."

Mindgrub has moved into 13,000 square feet in what is known as Building 1 of the Phillips site, at 1215 E. Fort Ave. The company started in Marks' basement in Ellicott City in 2002 before moving to an old bank building on Frederick Road in Catonsville, and eventually expanding into a second Catonsville space for a total footprint of about 7,000 square feet there, Marks said.

Marks explored options from Columbia to Canton before settling on Locust Point, he said.

Mindgrub's permanent home will be in a former Phillips warehouse that is under renovation, though, Marks said. Move-in is expected in early 2015, he said.

The company develops mobile and Internet applications for other businesses and has also expanded into apps for wearable devices like Google Glass.

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