Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. will move its year-old home products and services subsidiary's headquarters from Timonium into a 20,000-square foot building in East Columbia in November.
The move follows the subsidiary's purchase last year of a Columbia company, Maryland Environmental Systems Inc., that is one of the state's largest air-conditioning contractors. Buying that company was the utility's first step into the home cooling, heating and plumbing business -- making it the first utility in the country to go into that business.
About 80 of the current 800 employees of the BGE Home Products & Services subsidiary will be relocated from around the state to its new headquarters on Columbia Gateway Drive in Gateway Commerce Center, said William H. Munn, chief executive officer and president of the subsidiary, and the former owner and still CEO of Maryland Environmental Systems on Lark Brown Road. No jobs will be lost.
An additional 20 to 30 jobs will be created at the Columbia headquarters, he said. Once the November move is complete, more than 300 BGE subsidiary workers will be employed in the county.
"We wanted to be a little more centrally located," Mr. Munn said, noting that the headquarters will serve 10 BGE retail appliance stores across Maryland. "We picked Howard County because it was so centrally located. In addition, it's a very business-friendly county."
Mr. Munn said none of Maryland Environmental's current employees will be moved. The company installs and services home and commercial heating, cooling and plumbing systems.
Among other things, the new East Columbia headquarters will house the subsidiary's corporate offices, customer service center, accounting department and central computer system, Mr. Munn said.
In December, when the utility company purchased the 17-year-old Columbia company, BGE said it would become the first utility company in the nation to directly sell, install and repair home heating and cooling equipment.
"It made a lot of sense," Mr. Munn said. "It was a good marriage between the two."