Terra Firma expands with new offices in Midwest

Baltimore-based multiregional specialty chemicals distributor Terra Firma announced Wednesday the company will add initial sales offices in Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky in the second quarter of 2019. Company officials said the enhanced coverage is tied to several of its supply partners seeking assistance in the Midwest and Ohio Valley markets. Kevin Trainor was hired as the company’s vice president of sales to lead the Ohio Valley efforts. He brings with him over 32 years of experience, having held several positions of increasing responsibility at Ciba before going to work for The M.F. Cachat Company, where he was northeast regional sales manager and business development manager. (Daily Record)

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After losing contract, background investigation firm displaces 344 workers

After losing a contract, Omniplex World Services, a firm that provides background investigation services to the federal government, said it must terminate 344 people at its Hanover office by May so they can apply for work with the new contractor, a spokeswoman said. The company, a unit of Constellis, a Reston, Virginia-based security services firm, notified the the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation that those workers would lose their jobs April 30. (Balt. Sun)

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'Where do we go?' Baltimore's gay nightlife takes a hit with Grand Central's impending closure

Thursday nights are typically packed at Grand Central, arguably the largest remaining gay nightclub in Baltimore. Patrons pack the club’s dance floor and bar watching fierce lip-synching routines while gulping down $3-vodka drinks amid pulsating music, strobe lights and colorful lasers. “It’s great again,” said Derek Chavis, a 33-year-old Mount Vernon resident. He said Thursday nights at Grand Central remind him what the club was when he first started sneaking in at 19. “It’s been fun to go out and see new faces. That was one thing about Central — you would go out and see people you did not know.” (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore GM Plant To Close On May 3

The General Motors plant in White Marsh will be closing on May 3. The company recently filed paperwork with the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation that pushed back the plant’s closing. General Motors To Slash 14,700 Jobs In North America, Including In Baltimore The U.S. automaker first announced the shutdown last November. (WJZ-TV)

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Verizon taps Baltimore camera tech firm for 5G lab

Verizon named Adcor Magnet Systems, a Baltimore firm developing cameras and other sensors for real-time and remote streaming, to join four other law enforcement technology firms in its 5G First Responder Lab. Verizon set up the Washington lab with Responder Corp to research applications of 5G wireless technology for police, fire agencies and other first responders. 5G is the next generation of cellular communications, capable of handling faster data speeds, energy savings, reduced costs and more capacity for more devices. (Balt. Sun)

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Bill would increase fines on employers who violate equal pay law

An employer who violates the state’s Equal Pay for Equal Work law would have to pay a 10% penalty to the state if a bill heard by the House Economic Matters Committee Tuesday passes. The legislation, HB790, would require an employer who violates the Equal Pay law to pay a civil penalty equal to 10% of the amount of damages owed by the employer. The money would be paid to the state’s general fund to offset the cost of enforcing the Equal Pay for Equal Work law. Del. Pam Queen, D-Montgomery, is the lead sponsor, joined by 22 other Democrats. (Balt. Sun)

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Female business owners bring unique options to Princess Anne

When Ganiyat Badmus gets overwhelmed by the weight of her to-do list, she thinks about a lesson from her mother. "If you're doing something that's going to make a difference, it needs to keep you up at night," she said. And the new business owner has been up at night a lot lately — thinking, planning and sometimes crying. After a career as a mental health care professional, Badmus recently struck out on her own with a therapy and coaching business. (Salisbury)

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General Motors to idle White Marsh plant by May 4, displacing 296 workers

General Motors will idle its White Marsh plant by May 4, displacing the facility's 296 workers. The automaker disclosed the date of the shutdown, first announced in November, in a layoff notice filed with the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. The notice said the company would lay off 296 workers at the plant. The Philadelphia Road plant employs a mix of salaried and blue-collar workers. (Balt. Sun)

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