Crys­tal Steel ex­pand­ing to Federalsburg

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FEDERALSBURG — Crys­tal Steel Fabri­ca­tors, Inc., based in Del­mar, Del., is ex­pand­ing to Federalsburg, bring­ing a pro­jected 126 new jobs in the next two years, the Caro­line Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion said in a news re­lease.

The com­pany, which also has fa­cil­i­ties in Penn­syl­va­nia, Ten­nessee and the Philip­pines, bought the 100,000-square foot for­mer ES Steel build­ing in the Frank Adams In­dus­trial Park, as well as an­other 4.8-acre lot, which it will use to ex­pand man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pac­ity.

Crys­tal Steel is a fam­ily-owned struc­tural steel fab­ri­ca­tor spe­cial­iz­ing in large-scale projects like sta­di­ums, hos­pi­tals, bridges and schools.

Sig­nif­i­cant projects com­pleted in Mary­land in­clude MGM Re­sort Casino at Na­tional Har­bor, the Ocean City Con­ven­tion Cen­ter and Sal­is­bury Univer­sity’s Per­due School of Busi­ness, among others.

“We’re in­cred­i­bly ex­cited to wel­come Cr ys­tal Steel to Federalsburg and Caro­line County,” said CEDC Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor An­gela Vis­in­tainer. “We’re thrilled about the job cre­ation and in­vest­ment they’ll be mak­ing of course, but we’re also ex­cited that they’re such a good cul­tural fit for our county.”

Crys­tal Steel is cur­rently ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for a va­ri­ety of po­si­tions, in­clud­ing CNC ma­chine op­er­a­tors, struc­tural steel fabri­ca­tors, welders and struc­tural steel helpers. The com­pany offers train­ing and will con­sider ap­pli­cants with lim­ited ex­pe­ri­ence as long as they can demon­strate a strong work ethic.

“We are al­ways ex­cited to pro­vide peo­ple with great ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties, and many of our em­ploy­ees have been with us for 10 years or more,” said Emad Mo­hamed, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent at Crys­tal Steel. “We ex­pect strong growth, which will pro­vide folks in Federalsburg with the chance to move up and be­come lead­ers.”

The com­pany will fill some po­si­tions im­me­di­ately, and will con­tinue to scale up over the next two years. Any­one in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing should sub­mit a re­sume to alana@crys­tal­steel.net.

Crys­tal Steel was ini­tially at­tracted to Federalsburg be­cause the build­ing site has di­rect rail ac­cess and was de­signed for steel fab­ri­ca­tion.

Mary­land of­fered strong in­cen­tives, in­clud­ing the One Mary­land Tax Credit and the En­ter­prise Zone Tax Credit pro­grams, as well as a $315,000 con­di­tional loan through the Mary­land Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment As­sis­tance Author­ity and Fund, based on the com­pany’s com­mit­ment to job cre­ation and cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­tures.

“Crys­tal Steel’s plan to in­vest more than $4 mil­lion and create more than 126 jobs is ex­actly the kind of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment our ad­min­is­tra­tion pledged to bring to Mary­land,” said Gov. Larry Ho­gan, a strong ad­vo­cate for Mary­land man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs. “In ad­di­tion to bring­ing high-pay­ing jobs to the East­ern Shore, em­ploy­ees will learn new skills like lean man­u­fac­tur­ing and CNC pro­gram­ming. This project is a win for Crys­tal Steel, a win for Caro­line County and a win for the cit­i­zens of Mary­land.”

Dur­ing his visit to Caro­line County on Thurs­day, Oct. 13, Comp­trol­ler Peter Fran­chot said the an­nounce­ment is great news for the county and state. “This is a vic­tory for Caro­line County and the state,” he said. “This is a real feather in the cap for Gov. Ho­gan and all of the lo­cal Caro­line lead­ers who worked to put this to­gether. It is very pleas­ing for me as comp­trol­ler to see fac­tory jobs com­ing to Mary­land, and bring good, steady em­ployee with good salaries to Caro­line County.”

Crys­tal Steel also will use man­u­fac­tur­ing tax cred­its of­fered by both Federalsburg and Caro­line County, which in­cen­tivize lo­cal in­vest­ment for new and/or ex­pand­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­nesses.

“We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted to wel­come Crys­tal Steel to our busi­ness com­mu­nity,” said Federalsburg Mayor Chuck Plan­ner. “It’s an honor to have a com­pany of Crys­tal Steel’s cal­iber choose our com­mu­nity for their fu­ture growth.”

Caro­line County Com­mis­sion Vice Pres­i­dent Dan Franklin, who also serves on the CEDC board of di­rec­tors, said he is pleased to see more man­u­fac­tur­ing come to the county.

“Caro­line County has a great work­force for man­u­fac­tur­ing,” he said. “Be­cause of our agri­cul­tural roots, we have a lot of peo­ple who like to work with their hands and tackle me­chan­i­cal chal­lenges. It’s very ex­cit­ing to have new ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties open up for our res­i­dents, es­pe­cially at a busi­ness as strong as Crys­tal Steel.”

The Crys­tal Steel team has met with Caro­line County War­den Ruth Coul­bourne to dis­cuss the pos­si­bil­ity of train­ing in­mates on work re­lease.

“Some­times peo­ple make a mis­take in life that they re­gret, and they need a sec­ond chance to get on a pos­i­tive track,” said Jeff Weaver, di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions at Crys­tal Steel. “We’re happy to pro­vide that chance to any­one who is will­ing to work hard.”

Vis­in­tainer said mem­bers of Cr ys­tal Steel’s team have also started work­ing with Caro­line County Pub­lic Schools to ad­vise on a new man­u­fac­tur­ing cur­ricu­lum launch­ing in the spring.

PHOTO BY ABBY AN­DREWS

The for­mer ES Steel build­ing in Federalsburg’s Frank Adams In­dus­trial Park was re­cently ac­quired by Crys­tal Steel Fabri­ca­tors, Inc., of Del­mar, Del. The com­pany plans to bring 126 new jobs to Federalsburg over the next two years as it ex­pands its man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pac­ity.

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