Wed­dingWire an­nounces ex­pan­sion in Mary­land

Baltimore Sun - - ELECTION 2016 - — Natalie Sher­man — Los An­ge­les Times

Wed­dingWire Inc., one of the lead­ing wed­ding plan­ning and ven­dor re­view sites, said Thurs­day it plans to ex­pand its Mary­land head­quar­ters and add 200 peo­ple to its work­force. The firm, founded in 2007, is adding a floor at its Chevy Chase of­fices, where it em­ploys about 350 peo­ple. The firm will be leas­ing an ex­tra18,000 square feet, for a to­tal of 68,000 square feet. The Mary­land De­part­ment of Com­merce is pro­vid­ing a $1 mil­lion loan to as­sist with the ex­pan­sion, which can be for­given if the com­pany ful­fills its hir­ing plans by 2021. Mont­gomery County is pro­vid­ing a $500,000 con­di­tional grant. The com­pany also is el­i­gi­ble for state and lo­cal tax cred­its. Wed­dingWire has a port­fo­lio of sites op­er­at­ing in 15 coun­tries that at­tract10 mil­lion unique users a month for its user-re­viewed ven­dor data­base. It em­ploys more than 800 peo­ple world­wide. Gov. Larry Ho­gan, whose daugh­ter is get­ting mar­ried in Mary­land this week­end and whose brother will cel­e­brate nup­tials in Italy later this month, vis­ited the com­pany in April. “Wed­dingWire has con­sis­tently ranked among the fastest-grow­ing tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies in the coun­try and we are proud to sup­port their ex­pan­sion here in Mary­land,” he said in a state­ment. gold will be avail­able at re­tail stores. Thetech gi­ant said ini­tial sup­plies of the iPhone 7 Plus in all col­ors and the iPhone 7 in jet black sold out dur­ing the on­line pre-or­der pe­riod and won’t be avail­able for walk-in cus­tomers. “We sin­cerely ap­pre­ci­ate our cus­tomers’ pa­tience as we work hard to get the new iPhone into the hands of ev­ery­one who wants one as quickly as pos­si­ble,” Ap­ple said in a state­ment. An­a­lysts said there is al­ways a short sup­ply of new iPhones when they launch. But this time, de­mand seems even greater than usual. Brian White, global head of tech­nol­ogy, hard­ware, soft­ware and eq­uity re­search at in­vest­ment bank­ing firm Drexel Hamil­ton, said Ap­ple’s sup­ply chain even ramped up ahead of time to avoid the kinds of short­ages that plagued the iPhone 6 launch. “Peo­ple went into this launch ex­pect­ing pre-or­ders to be muted,” he said. “It looks like this is a pretty strong launch for Ap­ple.”

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