Omega/Arkay, a manufacturer and seller of photo darkroom equipment, is moving its base of operations to Westminster in two months.

Just 18 months ago, the company was saved from bankruptcy by an outside investor after its creditors forced it into Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings.

The company persuaded the courts to allow it to enter Chapter 11 reorganization, and eventually it revived.

Originally called OmegaInternational, the company moved to Carroll County in 1988. Last year, Omega acquired Arkay Corp. of Milwaukee and became Omega/ Arkay.

Vice President Cindy Wesolowski said the move to the old Kessler Shoe Factory on Shaeffer Avenue will consolidate operations now split between Main Street here and a location near the airport in Westminster, where warehousing and shipping are handled.

She said the move will add about 10,000 square feet of space to the company's operations. Wesolowski said the company still will employ about 90 workers after the move.

The firm is one of the nation's largest manufacturers of darkroom equipment and is considered by many in the industry as one of the best.

Town Manager John Riley said the move shouldn't hurt Hampstead's economy, except for some decrease in business at restaurants within walking distance of Omega, which is not within the municipality's corporate limits.

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