Maryland Sports Spotlight: Spring Ball

Maryland Sports Spotlight: Spring Ball

The Maryland football team has been hard at work this Spring. Visit with coach Edsall and the team as they traveled to North Point High School in Waldorf, MD for a Friday night scrimmage. Be sure to come watch the annual Red-White Spring game at 7:00 PM on Friday April 11 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Watch Now!

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Expanding Company Bringing 200 Jobs to Gary

Expanding Company Bringing 200 Jobs to Gary

Mitchell Liss, President of Edsal Manufacturing announces the opening of a Gary, Indiana plant.

April 16, 2015-Edsal Manufacturing Co. President Mitchell Liss says his company is ready to hire in Gary. We should have 200 positions within the next 30-45 Liss announced at a press conference today. According to Liss, he received a letter from Brian Bobb, the owner of Chase Street Industrial Complex…

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The Crew of USS Edsall, 1940

On the morning of March 1, 1942, the WWI-era destroyer USS Edsall–under orders to deliver some forty Army Air Force fighter crews to the beleaguered island of Java–split off from the USS Whipple and the tanker Pecos and was never seen again by Allied forces. Despite the later discovery of bodies identified as Edsall crewmembers near a remote airfield on the coast of Celebes, what happened to the ship remains a matter of mystery and, perhaps, deliberate obfuscation.

This mystery is explored in Blue Sea of Blood: Deciphering the Mysterious Fate of the USS Edsall, by Donald Kehn. This book explores the many puzzling facets of the Edsall’s disappearance in order to finally tell the full story of the fate of the vessel and her crew, photoed here:

Crew photo taken September 28, 1940, in Shanghai. Edsall’s skipper at this time was Lt. Cdr. Edwin Crouch, who later commanded DesDiv 57 aboard USS Whipple (DD-217) during the Langley-Pecos operation. Source - Jim Nix / A Blue Sea of Blood

Based on exhaustive research of the historical record–including newly deciphered Japanese documents and previously unrevealed material from the crew’s family members–A Blue Sea of Blood offers a painstaking reconstruction of the ship’s history. 

Chicago-based company lured to Indiana amid jobs rivalry

GARY, Ind. (AP) – An Illinois-based industrial shelving company announced plans Thursday to expand in northwest Indiana with roughly 300 new jobs, a move that comes as a longtime job-poaching rivalry between the two states appears to be intensifying.

Edsal Manufacturing Co. Inc., expects to begin hiring in Gary, including a large number of minimum-wage jobs, in a matter of weeks, according to the Chicago-based company’s executive vice president Mitch Liss. He cited proximity to rail, a ready workforce and the infrastructure available in the once-thriving steel town about 30 miles southeast of Chicago. The company, which makes commercial-grade steel shelving and storage systems, will move into the historic Chicago Steel Building in Gary.

Liss said several municipalities wanted their business, but they chose Gary because of its eagerness for new business and cost savings. Gary officials plan to offer tax breaks, which the City Council has yet to approve.

“Instead of us maybe being a teeny little fish in a giant ocean, here we feel like we really have the attention of the senior people, leadership,” he said. “We wanted to expand in a place that for us best suits our long-term needs.”

Edsal’s plans come as rhetoric about luring jobs from each other state has ratcheted up.

Earlier this month, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner told the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board that he would come after jobs across the state board and try to “rip the economic guts out of Indiana.” Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s office countered by saying Illinois would find it tough to compete with Indiana over its low corporate taxes and business climate.

The exchange followed efforts from previous governors. In 2011, as former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels was making efforts to lure businesses from other states, the state put up highway billboards from Illinois asking drivers if they were “Illinoyed by higher taxes?” Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn dismissed the efforts citing the draw of Chicago’s location, transportation and technology.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson told The Associated Press that Illinois’ high taxes have been a factor for Edsal and other companies. Earlier this year, suburban Chicago tubing manufacturer, T&B Tube Co. Inc., announced it would move operations from South Holland, Illinois, to Gary, which has struggled for decades with high unemployment and crime. The company expects to create 100 jobs by 2017.

“This is extremely important to the citizens of Gary,” she said.


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