Sept. 14, 2003
NVR, which manufactures components for
many homes built in the Maryland-Washington, D.C. region, will
build a new panel plant on land adjoining its site on Apples
Church Road. The building, which represents the second phase
of the company’s expansion in recent years, will be located
across Graceham Road from the existing plant.
"We’re very elated about
NVR’s expansion," said Marie Keegan, Frederick
County’s director of economic development. "They seem
to have good plans to work with the community, and they’ve
provided good jobs for the northern end of our community for a
Local NVR officials aren’t allowed
to provide comments to the media, and NVR spokesman Paul
Columbus said the company would release information to the
public only through a press release. No release has been made
about the expansion.
However, at various county and town
meetings regarding the project, NVR officials have said the
additional building won’t require a drastic increase in the
plant’s work force. Instead, the company will consolidate
its panel operations into a single day shift instead of having
part of its production done at night.
When the addition is complete, most of
the production in the area along North Carroll Street will
shift to the new site. Residents in townhouses off North
Carroll have complained about noise, dust or truck traffic
issues for months.
Thurmont Mayor Martin Burns said the
new building’s location away from the residential
developments should shift noise, dust and traffic, too.
"It’s yet to be determined if
(the expansion) will benefit residents out there," he
said. "I think it’s going to be better to have (the
employees) all there at one time, in and out. That way, the
quality of life for residents out there will improve,
especially in the evening."
Mr. Burns credited NVR for working to
resolve issues with its neighbors. The plant existed before
the homes, he said, but NVR has altered its operations and
shifted production based on complaints from neighbors in new
Ms. Keegan said NVR’s continued
capital investment in Thurmont signals its commitment to the
area and its employees.
NVR recently ranked 490th on the list
of the 500 largest companies in America, as compiled by Forbes
magazine. Company officials have said that about 7,000
detached home and townhouse units will be produced in Thurmont
this year as the housing market remains strong.