Yesterday, the Clorox Company formally announced its plan to build a manufacturing facility along Interstate 81 in Martinsburg, West Virginia. The project is expected to result in a $190 million economic investment and 100 jobs. Allegany County, Maryland was among a group of less than five locations being considered for the project. The Cumberland Economic Development Corporation (the “CEDC”), the Administrator of Allegany County, the Allegany County Department of Economic and Community Development, the Maryland Department of Commerce, the Maryland Economic Development Corporation, and the Governor worked diligently since May, 2019 to entice the Clorox Company to locate in Allegany County. In fact, these partners were able to identify and offer incentives to the Clorox Company valued in excess of $13 million. Despite this strong effort, our team could not overcome the logistical advantages that a north / south corridor such as Interstate 81 provided to the Clorox Company. Obviously, our team is deeply disappointed to have missed out on this opportunity.
The CEDC would like to thank the partners mentioned above, along with Scott Cox at CSX Transportation and Robert Smith of Allegany Aggregate, for their many contributions to this effort. Although we did not prevail in this regard, the CEDC remains steadfast in its effort to demonstrate to corporations the many advantages to be found in Allegany County.