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Week in Review Jan. 19

Spice company coming to Hampstead

Food seasonings company Fuchs North America will be relocating from its current Reisterstown location to Hampstead, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners announced Monday.

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The company, known as Baltimore Spice until 2006, will move its corporate headquarters, quality testing laboratories and production facility to a new, 21-acre facility to be built in the North Carroll Business Park, across from North Carroll High School.

According to Dan Cooper, chief executive officer for Fuchs North America, the company will relocate all of its current 168 employees to the new Hampstead location and will also look to hire new employees as the company continues to grow.

According to Carroll County Commissioner Haven Shoemaker, R-District 2, the county had been looking forward to this announcement.

Cooper said his company plans to break ground later this year, after a lengthy period of planning and permitting for the new facility, and they hope to be operational at the new location within two years and three months.

Hoffman tabbed for New Windsor council vacancy

David Hoffman, 49, was chosen by New Windsor Town Council members at their Wednesday meeting to fill the vacancy that will be left at the end of the month due to the resignation of Steve Farkas, a longtime council member.

Hoffman, a 20-year resident of New Windsor who lives on High Street, has served as the chairman of the New Windsor Planning Committee for 10 years, served for five years as the New Windsor Recreation Council representative and was a member of the recent New Windsor sustainability work group. Hoffman said he works for the Department of Defense at Fort Meade as a manager in the telecommunications department.

Hoffman was chosen by the council over residents Rachel Spory Harper, Daniel Ely and Glenn Monroe, who also applied to fill the vacancy. Hoffman will be sworn in at the February council meeting.

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Hoffman said in a statement before the council he is interested in working with members on issues concerning the infrastructure and aesthetics of the town. In an interview after the meeting, Hoffman said he wanted to support the town in a larger capacity than he has.

County to focus on maintenance, not new projects

Modernizations of schools, community college improvements and numerous other projects are taking a back seat in favor of maintaining the county's infrastructure in Carroll County government's initial six-year capital improvement plan.

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners met with staff Thursday to discuss the Proposed Recommended Community Investment Plan as it heads into budget deliberations in the upcoming months. The plan, which was developed by staff and not yet approved by the board, schedules future capital improvement projects over the next six fiscal years.

Ted Zaleski, director of the county's Department of Management and Budget, said the preliminary plan has very few new improvement projects, service expansions or new initiatives. The focus of the plan is to simply maintain county infrastructure, including schools, roads, bridges, parks, technology, water and sewer facilities and agricultural land preservation.

Many projects across all categories are not planned to be funded from fiscal years 2015 to 2020.

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College shows off 3-D printers

From creating medical to artistic objects, 3-D printing is emerging as a popular use of technology for many different industries.

Carroll Community College held a panel discussion and demonstration session called "Got Bot? 3-D Printer Reveal" Wednesday morning in the K building of the college. The session was open to the public and also featured a breakfast and prizes, including a 3-D printed head of two winners.

3-D printing is the process of making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, typically by laying down many successive thin layers of material using a 3-D printer.

The college bought three 3-D printers in 2013, so the event was a way to display the technology to the community and to inform people about credit and noncredit programs at Carroll Community that explore 3-D printing, according to Marlene Titus, coordinator for the Miller Center for Small Business.

The session also allowed for people to hear about 3-D printing from experts in the field, such as the CEO of Direct Dimensions Inc., which has embraced 3-D printing and reverse engineering for 20 years; a Northrop Grumman Corporation advisory mechanical engineer; and a licensed architect and industrial designer.

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