W.L. Gore opens test­ing lab in Elk­ton

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - C HERYL MA TTIX

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.

If you have any tid­bits to share with Ch­eryl Mat­tix for this col­umn, you may con­tact her at cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com, or call her at 443-907-8440.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF W.L. GORE

A cone calorime­ter at Gore’s new heat and flame pro­tec­tion sci­ences lab tests ma­te­rial char­ac­ter­is­tics un­der flash fire con­di­tions.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF W.L. GORE

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