By STEVEN T. DENNIS
Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening praised the $43 million Staples Inc. distribution center that will employ 700 workers as a triumph of teamwork among county, state and business leaders at a grand opening celebration Friday.
"Working together, this state is indeed a powerful force to behold," Glendening said.
Glendening acknowledged the hundreds of Staples employees at the ceremony.
"That's what it's about - jobs for you so that you can indeed support a family."
Average starting pay is $8 an hour, with some jobs starting at $7.50 or $9.50 an hour, according to company officials.
Someone working 40 hours a week at $7.50 an hour would earn $15,600 a year before taxes.
About 360 people have been hired so far.
Employees work three 12-hour days a week on a rotating schedule so no one has to work every weekend.