In News

Fila Expands Near Port

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Fila, a sportswear firm with a growing presence in the mid-Atlantic region, signed a deal to add 352,850 square feet of local distribution space at 7269 Gambrills Cove Road in Anne Arundel County. The company also renewed a lease for 379,102 square feet next door.

Containers entering the Port of Baltimore can get to the facility in 15 to 20 minutes and there is capacity for over 100 containers on site. Fila will be able to double its shipping capacity as a result of this expansion.

“Fila North America’s continued growth, the opportunity to reach our customers from Baltimore and the expansion of the Port of Baltimore made this decision easy for us,” said Pat Craig, Vice President, Distribution at Fila North America. “The new space is attached to our existing building, which offers the synergy we need to keep operations flowing. The location is key to our customer base, allowing the brand to service the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest regions all within two to three days.”

CBRE’s Bill Pellington and Jon Casella represented Fila North America and facility owner Grammercy Property Trust was represented by Michael Walsh.

“Fila is experiencing exciting growth of their brand and we are delighted to assist them in right-sizing their presence here in Maryland,” said Bill Pellington, Senior Vice President at CBRE.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MDTA Police Phone Number to Change Sept. 1

Effective Sept. 1, 2018, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police phone number will change from 410-633-1092 to 410-537-7911.

The MDTA Police are the first law enforcement agency to respond to incidents at the public marine terminals.

“This new direct number into the MDTA Police command center will improve overall efficiencies and law enforcement response times at the Port of Baltimore,” said James White, Executive Director of the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) in announcing the change.

Signs listing the new phone number will be posted around the Port starting in September. The existing number will continue to work through Oct. 1.

Any companies that post the existing police number on their premises or include the number as a decal or sticker on company vehicles are encouraged to contact MDOT MPA Operations at 410-633-1077 for help in addressing the change.

TRAINING

New Era-Coast Guard Internship Program Again a Success in Year Two

Last summer, the U.S. Coast Guard Yard hosted nine students from Baltimore’s New Era Academy for a seven-week internship to help mold the next generation of Port workers. This year, another eight students in New Era’s Transportation Technologies Seagoing Pathway worked at the Yard through Baltimore City’s YouthWorks program, learning valuable skills by helping out with pipe fitting, welding, electrical, painting and sheet-metal work.

The YouthWorks program began June 25 and lasted through August 10. An Aug. 2 completion ceremony at the Maryland State House in Annapolis —
hosted by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, and attended by Capt. Matthew Lake of the U.S. Coast Guard and other dignitaries — was held to recognize the students’ achievements.

Another seven New Era students worked at the Yard this summer as part of the federally funded Pathways Program.

Other Port stakeholders also provided placements for New Era students. They included John S. Connor, Port Discovery, the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration, Baltimore City Parks and Recreation’s Boat House and the NS Savannah, among others.

Caption: Ahmod Johnson, New Era Academy student and Yard Pipe Shop intern, works on a butterfly valve, part of a ship’s sea water system.

EVENT

Summer Program Presentation Brings Port Possibilities to City Youth

The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) sponsored a presentation for more than 30 students and staff at the Druid Hill YMCA’s New Horizons II summer program. The program introduces youth to different vocations in various industries. MDOT MPA was invited to showcase the variety of future job opportunities that may be available to the program’s youth.

“We look for opportunities to participate in programs that benefit local youth. The YMCA’s New Horizons program can [cause] a positive change in a young person’s life,” said Barbara McMahon, MDOT MPA’s General Manager, Safety, Environment and Risk Management. “We sent two very capable representatives, Andrew Blair, Environmental Specialist, and Dave Awkward, Lead Equipment Operator, to talk about what they do at the Port and the skills needed for these jobs.”

The session started with a Port presentation, including photos and a discussion of cargoes, terminals, ships, trucks and trains and types of port workers. Then Blair and Awkward shared details about their jobs at the Dundalk Marine Terminal; this included a hands-on demonstration of the equipment they use. The students were engaged and asked a lot of questions about activities at the Port, jobs, water quality and more, they said. The students’ attentiveness, thoughtful questions, interest and overall optimism impressed the speakers.

“This is terrific. They are asking a lot of questions!” commented Eric Somerville, Executive Director for Volunteerism and Community Engagement for the Y in Central Maryland. The staff was appreciative and even had a few questions for the MDOT MPA group.

“Thanks so much for spending time with our New Horizon II students. Your presentation on the Port of Baltimore was very informative. The students were so engaged and inquisitive. We couldn’t have asked for more from your team. It was awesome!” Somerville said via email after the presentation.

New Horizons II serves homeless youth by providing a safe place to learn life skills, get training and participate in paid internships during the summer. Some of the topics covered during the program include financial literacy, resume writing, career opportunities and college visits, along with a lot of support from Y associates and volunteers. The goal is to break the cycle of poverty and unlock the potential of these teens.

NEWSMAKERS

Davis Retires as CEO from Amports

Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration Executive Director James J. White congratulated Jim Davis, former CEO of Amports, on a long and healthy retirement. Under Davis’ leadership, Amports enjoyed some very successful years at the Port of Baltimore, including 2017 when they processed 399,602 vehicles — their best year ever. Davis will continue to serve on the board of directors for Amports. Stephen Taylor will take over as the firm’s CEO. 

NEWSMAKERS

MTC Logistics Announces Transition Plan

Andrew “Andy” B. Janson (right) has been appointed Chief Operating Officer and will succeed F. Brooks Royster, III as President of MTC Logistics in early 2019.

Royster has served as President of MTC for the past five years and will work with Janson to ensure a smooth transition in leadership. Royster will then move into the role as Head of International Operations for MTC.

“I have served in a leadership role in the logistics industry for more than 40 years, and it is time for me to reduce my corporate responsibilities and oversee the transition,” Royster said. “Andy is someone I’ve known for many years, and he will be a tremendous asset to MTC.”

Janson most recently served as Chief Executive Officer with Hanson Logistics, a leading temperature-controlled logistics company specializing in warehousing and transportation. Janson brings nearly 30 years of industry service and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses.

“Andy’s addition fulfills two of MTC’s strategic objectives: building and maintaining an industry-leading executive team and expanding its transportation subsidiary, MLogistics,” said Harry Halpert, Chief Executive Officer of Hoffberger Holdings, MTC’s parent company. “Ernie Ferguson runs our transportation subsidiary, which was originally established in a joint venture with a company Andy managed 15 years ago. I am excited for these two men to be united once again, and I am excited for MTC’s customers.”