J.J. McDon­nell ex­pands at new Elkridge lo­ca­tion

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - —Natalie Sher­man —Lor­raine Mirabella

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.”

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