J.J. McDonnell expands at new Elkridge location
J.J. McDonnell & Co., a Maryland distributor of seafood, is moving to a new plant in Elkridge this month, more than doubling its footprint as it plans for growth.
The 62,000-square-foot facility on Brookdale Drive in Elkridge will allow the firm to add new products and increase its processing and “value-added” goods, such as marinated fish, said company owner George McManus. The firm was renting about 25,000 square feet in the seafood market at the Maryland Food Center in Jessup, but the location couldn’t keep up with changing safety and cleanliness standards, McManus said.
Diamond Comic aligns with Benitez Productions
Hunt Valley-based Diamond Comic Distributors has signed a multiyear deal to distribute comics and graphic novels published by Benitez Productions, including its flagship “Lady Mechanika” titles, Diamond announced Friday.
Under the agreement, Diamond will be the exclusive Benitez distributor to comic book specialty stores, bookstores, libraries, mass-market chains and other specialty outlets through Diamond Book Distributors, a Diamond book market division.
Founded in 1982 by CEO and president Steve Geppi, Diamond is the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books, graphic novels and other popculture merchandise, serving thousands of retailers. Benitez creator Joe Benitez called Diamond “instrumental in our growth in the comic book market for the past several years.”