Frank Parsons Paper moving to Hanover

The Baltimore Sun

A Landover paper distributor said yesterday that it will move nearly all of its 200 Maryland employees to Hanover in Anne Arundel County this fall, and it expects to expand there in coming years.

Frank Parsons Paper Co. Inc. wants to consolidate its headquarters and two distribution facilities in Landover and Baltimore. It chose the Baltimore Commons Business Park near Routes 100 and 295 in Hanover, which has room for growth.

Frank Parsons provides paper, paper-related products and data services, such as document scanning. The company said it's possible that it could add 150 to 200 jobs in the next five years as it capitalizes on demand for business and digital services.

"We're in the paper business but we're moving toward a paperless-type environment, so we're trying to do both," said J. Michael Lane, chief executive of Frank Parsons, which employs 330 across the Mid-Atlantic. "We're following that data wherever it goes."

Lane said the company wanted a more efficient system for its Mid-Atlantic distribution and liked the location. He also considered sites in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia.

"The road system that Baltimore Commons provides to them is an important ingredient," said Robert L. Hannon, president of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp., the county's economic development arm.

Hannon said Frank Parsons is in talks with the county and state about government incentives such as loans, but nothing has been hammered out.

The employee-owned company, which has average salaries of about $60,000, will continue to operate small paper stores in Beltsville and Rockville. The rest of its Maryland workers - nearly 200 - will move to Hanover about mid-October when renovations are expected to be completed on the building being leased.

Lane also said another enticement to move was Anne Arundel Community College's offer to design customized training to help the company ramp up employment. He's also optimistic about the business-services opportunities in a market where tech-heavy jobs will be coming as part of the national military base realignment.

jamie.smith.hopkins@baltsun.com

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