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Harford considers $550,000 incentive package for Perryman distributing operation

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Harford considers $550,000 incentive package for Perryman distributing operation

Harford County is close to finalizing its part of a $550,000 incentive package for a broad line food and paper products distribution company that expanded its Maryland operations to a site south of Aberdeen.

The package for Maines Paper & Food Service Inc., is made up of two components: a $500,000 grant/loan from the Maryland Department of Commerce’s Maryland Economic Development Assistance Fund, or MEDAAF, for equipment and machinery purchases and a $50,000 grant from the county, to be spread out over five years, for training employees.

The company’s employment targets to be eligible for the assistance have largely been exceeded, Tucker McNulty, senior economic development associate for the Harford County Office of Economic Development, said Tuesday evening, as the assistance package was reviewed by the Harford County Council. In addition, Maines will match the county portion of the package dollar for dollar.

He said Maines, a $3.5 billion-plus, privately held company serving 36 states, has about 160 full-time employees at its Harford County distribution center in the 1500 block of Perryman Road, where the company occupies 123,000 square feet in the same building that houses Rite Aid’s Maryland distribution center.