Bottle manufacturer to open facility near Hagerstown

Ring Container Technologies of Tennessee plans to open a new plastic bottle manufacturing plant near Hagerstown. "We are going to make HDPE (high-density polyethylene) plastic bottles for food packaging. ... We're looking at the end of the second quarter, beginning of the third quarter" to be up and running, said Holly K. Combs, the plant manager. (Herald-Mail)

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Trucking company plans facility off Md. 63 west of Hagerstown

An Ohio-based company plans to build a truck terminal west of Hagerstown. The property is at 12037 Greencastle Pike (Md. 63), according to a site plan on file at the Washington County Division of Plan Review and Permitting. It's on the east side of Md. 63, between U.S. 40 and Interstate 70, south of Huyetts Crossing and across from Heather Drive. (Herald-Mail)

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February 16 // Amid protest of Potomac River gas pipeline, Maryland seeks delay of federal review

The same day protesters circled the governor's mansion in opposition to a gas pipeline proposed to run beneath the Potomac River, Maryland officials asked the Army Corps of Engineers not to give the project a permit until a state review is completed. Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles told the Corps in a letter that the state “has identified potential water quality and public interest factors” that could warrant special conditions being placed on the TransCanada Corp. project. (Balt. Sun)

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Many Maryland workers can now accrue paid sick time off as law takes effect

Maryland’s new paid sick time law is now in effect, requiring employers for as many as 700,000 workers to start tracking earned leave. Under the law, full-time workers would be able to take a full day off within six weeks. Although the legislation requiring all businesses with 15 workers or more technically took effect Sunday, several business groups had pinned hopes on a five-month delay of the law that was approved by the Maryland Senate last week. (Balt. Sun)

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CSX giving Howard Street Tunnel project another look, Maryland's port chief says

The Maryland Port Administration is studying two alternatives for the previously killed Howard Street Tunnel project, while CSX Corp. staff is preparing a possible proposal for the company's new CEO. James J. White, executive director of the Port Administration, provided an update on the Howard Street Tunnel to a House of Delegates budget committee on Wednesday. The 1.7-mile long tunnel's current height restricts double-stacked container railcars from traveling to and from the Port of Baltimore, a hurdler officials say hampers economic development at the port. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Craft beer in Maryland: Brewers bash one bill, get behind another

Craft beer aficionados came together on Thursday night to discuss Maryland's evolving craft beer industry and how two proposed bills create opposing futures for it.  The "Craft Beer Legislation Roundtable" held at the Salisbury University Art Galleries in downtown Salisbury on Feb. 15 brought out craft beer leaders to talk about the latest legislation and what they see as ways to keep the industry a vital economic driver. Currently, House Bill 518 or Reform on Tap Act of 2018 and House Bill 1052 have both been proposed to the Maryland Legislature. (Daily Times)

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Lyft, Baltimore Bike Share partner on new transit hubs at high-traffic sites

Lyft and the Baltimore Bike Share program are partnering to set up new transportation hubs at popular sites across the city. The first of five hub locations was revealed at the Baltimore Visitor Center along the Inner Harbor on Thursday. Additional stations will be located in other high-traffic areas including the National Aquarium, the Shot Tower, Hopkins Place and Harbor East. The stations will serve both as bike share stops and as designated rideshare pick-up/drop-off locations for Lyft. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Gourmet grocer to set up shop in downtown Catonsville

More than two decades ago, downtown Catonsville’s only grocery store closed, leaving no replacement in its wake. Today, Catonsville residents Patrick Baldwin and Dan Zakai are working to bring groceries back to downtown with a new gourmet grocery store called 818 Market. Named for its address, 818 Frederick Road, the market is scheduled to open sometime later this year. Construction will start in March, Baldwin said. (Balt. Sun)

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