Crystal Steel expanding to Federalsburg
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.