Washington County, Maryland is strategically located at the crossroads of I-70 and I-81. Only an hour from the Washington/Baltimore metro area, it is the ideal hub for serving both the east coast and midwestern markets. Hagerstown has a strong manufacturing tradition and it remains an important part of the local economy. Our successful manufacturers include Volvo Powertrain, Rust-Oleum, Electromet and Cinetic Landis.
A diversified regional workforce of 400,000 (skilled and manufacturing-oriented) includes over 12% of the employment base in advanced manufacturing. Customized workforce and training development programs are also offered through the Western Maryland Consortium, higher learning institutions, and Washington County Public Schools Academy of Manufacturing & Engineering. To learn more, visit our workforce training information.
Compared to the Washington/Baltimore metro region, the cost of doing business in Washington County is 18% lower and the cost of living is 23% lower. With a pro-business climate and lower operating costs, manufacturers greatly benefit from the County’s manufacturing-friendly tax environment.
"Washington County is the center of gravity for recruiting in our area, with a wide reach of talented, highly skilled workers that we will require for continued growth." — Daniel Pheil, President & CEO for Fives Landis Corporation, a global manufacturer of precision grinding systems.