Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, center, speaks with Fuchs North America Director of Human Resources and Operations Lori Blake, left, and Vice President of Sales and Technical Services Ken Wuestenfeld during a tour of the company on Thursday in Hampstead.
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, center, speaks with Fuchs North America Director of Human Resources and Operations Lori Blake, left, and Vice President of Sales and Technical Services Ken Wuestenfeld during a tour of the company on Thursday in Hampstead. (Emily Chappell / Carroll County Times)

With one year under its belt in Carroll County, Fuchs North America continues to progress and grow, this week catching the eye of state leadership.

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot came to town Thursday to check out the new facility that sits on Hampstead Mexico Road, just across the street from the former North Carroll High School. With him came county and town leaders, including commissioners Dennis Frazier, R-District 3, and Richard Weaver, R-District 2. Weaver’s district includes Hampstead.

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On his third and final stop of his Carroll County tour, Franchot took time to check out The Mill of Hampstead, a family-owned business with six locations throughout the state.

Ken Wuestenfeld, vice president of sales and technical services at Fuchs North America, said it was wonderful to have a visit from Franchot, so they can showcase the growth they continue to make.

“It’s always good to have state government employees here,” he added.

It’s a chance, he said, for people to really understand what Fuchs does. Many think they’re a spice company, but Fuchs does a lot more with seasonings, Wuestenfeld said.

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Fuchs formerly was located in Owings Mills and had been since the 1950s, he said. But as it continued to grow, it needed a new facility, and Carroll was just the place. It was about a three-year work-in-progress to get everything moved, and just recently they finally completely closed the door on the former facility, Wuestenfeld said.

On Thursday, Franchot got a quick tour of the facility, getting to see what types of products use Fuchs, like Pringles and Domino’s Pizza, and he got to see staff working to design a new seasoning for chips. The tour came after Franchot presented leaders with a proclamation in recognition of the company’s success and growth.

Wuestenfeld said Fuchs has had job fairs and been active with Carroll Community College in working to bring in local residents for jobs at the business. About one-third of the staff is made up of new, local employees, he added.

“It’s everything we thought it was going to be,” Wuestenfeld said.

Franchot said he is very, very proud of Fuchs, and spoke of its legacy and growth in the state, and the good it does for Carroll.

“It smells good, too,” Franchot added, laughing.

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