W.L. Gore opens testing lab in Elkton
While I was out and about . . . W.L. Gore & Associates announced the opening of a new, world-class testing facility in Elkton earlier this month, along with the 40th anniversary of the development of its waterproof breathable Gore-Tex fabric technology.
The Environmental Chamber and the Heat and Flame Protection lab are located in the Fabrics Division facility on Vieves Way off Appleton Road just outside of Elkton town limits.
“The new facilities further Gore’s ability to develop innovative fabrics products with distinct functionality that are proven to perform in realworld conditions before they are brought to market,” Gore spokesperson Amy Calhoun said.
The Environmental Chamber recreates up to 95 percent of the earth’s environments to allow fabric products to be tested in specific conditions, while the Heat and Flame lab allows Gore to precisely measure ands analyze the ability of its products to provide flame resistance, thermal insulation and thermal stability.
A rain tower that simulates rainfall rates from a light drizzle to a downpour is part of the environmental chamber, but Calhoun said Gore still has its original rain room as well. Gore is known for producing products that can be used in clothing for military and firefighters, as well as recreational users.
W.L. Gore was founded in Newark, Del., in 1958 and employs more than 10,000 W.L. Gore’s new environmental chamber is part of a world-class testing facility the company opened in Elkton earlier this month.
associates worldwide. Cecil County is home to multiple Gore facilities, employing more than 1,000 associates.
*** Just thought it was time to provide a little reminder that Fair Hill Training Center is home to many of the country’s top horses and horse trainers.
Sally Goswell, manager at FHTC, sends me a weekly update on activity at the facility that I am sharing with you from last week.
Michael Matz, who trained Barbaro at FHTC for the 2006 Kentucky Derby win, also trained Tequilita who won the $100,000 Smart Halo Stake at Laurel Racetrack on Nov. 19. Goswell noted that Tequilita is owned by Matz’s wife, Dorothy.
“That’s an early Christmas present,” Goswell said.
Matz also trained Tequilita’s sire, Grade I winner Union Rags, and dam, Grade II winner Sangrita, at Fair Hill Training Center.
FHTC had 57 starters last week with five wins, six places and six shows for a total earnings of $272,951, according to Goswell.
*** Cecil County Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman
Jake Ruddy announced last week that the chamber will be relocating its office, effective Jan. 1.
Ruddy said the board of directors made the decision to move from its current location at 106 E. Main St. in downtown Elkton to leased space at 216 E. Pulaski Highway, Suite 120, which is part of the Re/Max Chesapeake Real Estate Corporate Center across from the Big Elk Mall off Route 40.
“Our new office will enable us to better serve our members’ needs and the needs of the community,” Ruddy said in a press release. “This new location offers a reception area, dedicated office space, a large boardroom and other meeting areas.”
Donnie Horton, owner and broker of Re/Max Chesapeake is excited to welcome his new tenant.
“Having the chamber in our corporate center will be a benefit to all our tenants,” Horton said.
The actual move is expected to take place in late December.
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A cone calorimeter at Gore’s new heat and flame protection sciences lab tests material characteristics under flash fire conditions.