Garden products distributor to lease warehouse spaceExpanding...


Garden products distributor to lease warehouse space

Expanding its storage facilities in the area, an East Coast lawn and garden products distributor has signed a lease for 81,000 square feet of warehouse space at Gateway Marley Neck, a business park off Beltway Exit 1 in northern Anne Arundel County.

The tenant, Commerce Corp. LLC, runs a 350,000-square-foot warehouse at the Brandon Woods Business Park, about two miles away.

The lease signing with Gateway's owner, Northwestern Mutual Life, was announced by KLNB Inc., a commercial real estate brokerage firm that represented Commerce Corp. The new facilities -- taking up a little more than half of the space in the smaller of two buildings at Gateway -- will be used for storage of planters and other lawn supplies for distribution in the region, said Jim Caronna, a principal with KLNB.

Business workshop to offer management advice

A one-day workshop, "How to Start and Manage Your Own Business," will be presented by Chapter 390 of the Service Corps of Retired Executives from 8: 45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 15 on the second floor of the Heritage Office Complex, 2664 Riva Road, Annapolis.

Six steps toward starting a business will be presented by six speakers during the daylong presentation. The workshop is designed for those who are thinking of starting a business or who have just started one and have questions or problems. The fee is $35. Information: 410-266-9553.

Meeting will highlight vegetable, fruit production

Maryland Cooperative Extension will hold the 2000 Southern Maryland Vegetable and Fruit Production meeting from 7: 30 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m. Wednesday at the Davidson Ruritan Club.

Speakers will present a range of topics including an update on pest control, overlooked opportunities in "trendy veggies," resources for getting started in organic vegetables, nutrient management, tips for growing strawberries and blueberries, and "Secrets and Tricks of Roadside Stand and Market Presentation."

Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification credits are awarded for attending the meeting. There is a $15 registration fee.

Information: 410-222-6759.

Names in the news

Joel S. Rodkin of Baltimore has been named director of corporate training for Anne Arundel Community College's Office of Business and Industry Training. Rodkin was formerly director of training services for Scientific Systems and Software International Corp. in Columbia and has 12 years of experience heading college business training programs.

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