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Evolve Composites in former Fleetwood Travel Trailers plant exceeds hiring goals

July 10, 2013|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

HANCOCK, Md. — Less than two years after opening its doors at a former Fleetwood Travel Trailers plant, Evolve Composites is already exceeding its hiring goals, Hancock Town Manager David Smith reported Wednesday night.

Plant workers now number 65, Smith told the mayor and Hancock Town Council during a council meeting.

The company’s original agreement with the town was to hire at least 60 people within the first three years of operation, he said.

In the summer of 2011, Evolve and Hancock reached an agreement on a seven-year lease for the 110,000 square-foot building owned by the town.

Evolve, which makes lightweight, precast concrete products, was to get the first year rent free and pay $2 per square foot beginning in the second year.

Evolve sees having “over 100 employees in the next couple (of) years,” Smith said.

The company, which is operating two shifts, is planning to add additional production lines, Smith said.

The Fleetwood plant closed in 2005, idling more than 300 workers. Evolve began production in early 2012.

After Fleetwood closed, businessman Stanley E. Fulton donated money to the town so it could purchase the 22-acre property to help create jobs in town.

In 2011, Evolve’s chief executive officer, Martin Bristow, said the company was looking to expand into the Northeast. The company at that time had plants in Alabama and Florida, he said.

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