Senior managers and other employees were joined by state and local officials in breaking ground for the headquarters on the company’s new 21-acre corporate campus in Hampstead, Maryland.
June 23, 2015 — Fuchs North America, a leading supplier of seasonings, flavor systems and taste solutions to the food manufacturing and foodservice industries, held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new headquarters facilities on Tuesday, June 23rd in Hampstead, Md.
The mid-morning ceremony was attended by more than 150 people, including Fuchs North America employees, representatives from state and local economic development agencies, elected officials and other dignitaries.
In addition to the ceremonial first turning of the earth by the company’s senior management team, official remarks were made by Dan Cooper, CEO of Fuchs North America, Nils Meyer-Pries, Global CEO of Fuchs Group (based in Germany) and R. Michael Gill, secretary of the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development, among others.
According to Dan Cooper, plans for a new headquarters facility have been in the works for a number of years. “Our strong growth and increased demand for our products made it possible to envision a true state-of-the-art facility that enables us to develop, manufacture and deliver customized seasonings and flavor solutions faster and better than ever,” he reported.
For over half a century, Fuchs North America has operated out of its headquarters offices in Owings Mills, Md. Despite several major expansions in the 1970s and again in the 1990s, the company has outgrown the facility, with little ability to expand on the remaining grounds.
The new headquarters in Hampstead will be situated on a 21-acre campus, and will double the company’s manufacturing capacity.
Equally important, the new headquarters will include a number of enhanced product development functions and capabilities, starting with expanded R&D test lab facilities encompassing a microbiology lab, a quality assurance lab, plus an entirely new sensory lab along with a spacious new state-of-the-art presentation kitchen.
On the manufacturing side, new or expanded capabilities will include mix manufacturing, spice milling and sterilization, plus packaging and warehousing featuring the latest stock picking and inventory management technologies.
Construction of Fuchs North America’s new headquarters facility is expected to be completed in late 2016.