Franchot presents proclamation to Cambridge business
CAMBRIDGE — Comptroller Peter Franchot visited Safe Chain Solutions in Cambridge to issue a proclamation for excellence in business on Thursday, June 16.
Franchot and guests enjoyed a tour of the warehouse and office facilities before settling in the conference room to present the proclamation, along with the special comptroller medallions, to the company’s CEO and president. Sen. Addie Eckardt, R-37-MidShore; Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Talbot; County Councilmen Tom Bradshaw and Rick Price; City Commissioner Gage Thomas; and Cambridge Economic Development Associate Director Brandon Hesson were among those who came along for the event.
Franchot commended Safe Chain Solutions for its “rapidly growing distributorship of pharmaceutical products and medical devices to customers worldwide, for outstanding customer service and commitment to meeting the needs of patrons for more than three decades that serves as an example to all businesses in Maryland, and special appreciation for ensuring the highest level of safety, integrity and dependability.”
Founded in 2011, Safe Chain Solutions is a national distributor of pharmaceutical drugs and surgical supplies to hospitals, retail
pharmacies, surgical centers, long-term care facilities and physician groups. They are currently licensed in 47 states. The parent company, Benchworks, is a marketing company based in Chestertown.
“This year, from this facility, we have a fighting chance to break 50 million in revenue,” said Benchworks CEO Thad Bench, Sr. “We are committed to Cambridge. We’re here for the long term.”
According to SCS President Charles Boyd, the company has grown over 500 percent in the last two years.
In April 2011, the company moved into their current office space with one fulltime employee, Boyd, and one part-time employee. Today, they have over 25 employees, a sales office in Miami, an additional warehouse in Kentucky, and they have purchased the six-acre property in Cambridge they were renting.
The current office and warehouse space sits on two acres, and SCS plans to expand over the additional four acres as the business continues to thrive under the leadership of Boyd and General Manager Jesse Hammett. They hope to eventually have 50 to 75 employees.
In addition to the business’ many distribution contracts, SCS is preparing to launch a closed-door pharmacy operation specializing in HIV medications with home-delivery service.
“One of the big things about specialty pharmacies is patient care,” Boyd said. “The big guys, they don’t do it the way they’re supposed to. A patient is just another number for them. In specialty pharmacy, you treat that patient as if it’s a family member.”
Comptroller Peter Franchot presented the proclamation and his special Comptroller coin to Safe Chain Solutions President Charles Boyd Thursday, June 16.
Comptroller Peter Franchot visited Cambridge-based Safe Chain Solutions to issue a proclamation on Thursday, June 16. Pictured are Benchworks CEO Thad Bench, Sr., SCS President Charles Boyd, General Manager Jesse Hammett, Thad Bench, Jr., Addie Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore, Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Talbot, County Councilmen Tom Bradshaw and Rick Price, City Commissioner Gage Thomas, and City of Cambridge Economic Development Associate Director Brandon Hesson.
Comptroller Peter Franchot toured Cambridge-based Safe Chain Solutions Thursday, June 16.
Safe Chain Solutions President Charles Boyd, left, and Benchworks CEO Thad Bench Sr., right, discuss the closed-door pharmacy that will operate in the Cambridge facility soon during a tour Thursday, June 16, with Comptroller Peter Franchot.