Maryland US is set to get its largest distribution center. Conair, which sells health and beauty products, plans to build the center to link Atlantic freight hubs. 

The company, well-known for its kitchenware products, will bring 700 new job opportunities to Washington County. 

The state’s governor, Wes Moore, tells TTNews: “Our state’s distribution and logistics industry continues to thrive as companies aim to reach customers in record time. Conair will see great success with this new facility and our dedicated local workforce.” 

The state of Maryland provides distribution centers and warehouse access to customers in the north, south and Midwest. It also provides access to consumer markets like Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and New York. 

Rail lines 

The distribution center will be in Hagerstown, Washington County. There is a rail line that runs through this county as well. The center will measure a massive 2.1 million square feet. It will also allow easier access to consumer markets and freight hubs. 

Humble beginnings for Conair 

Conair was founded by Leandro Rizzuto and his parents in 1959. Leandro sold his Cadillac to kickstart the business. From hair dryers, hairbrushes and skin care products, the company is one of the largest consumer product manufacturers in the world. In 2019, Conair made the Forbes list of “America’s largest private companies.’ In 2021, American Securities, a private equity firm, acquired Conair. 

Conair’s brands include Cuisinart, Conair, Babyliss, and Waring. 

Vice president for Conair Dan Kochenash says this new initiative will make the company more responsive to its customers. “As we work together with the Maryland Department of Commerce, this operation provides us with a platform to improve service today and expand our business in the future,” he says.  

US cosmetic market 

Mordor Intelligence reports the cosmetic market in the US is growing due to the demand for organic products. “A larger proportion of the millennial population in the United States also serves as a market driver.”

The report adds that most companies are launching products with nature-inspired ingredients, such as plant-inspired and premium botanical ingredients, coupled with multi-functional properties.

Business developments in Maryland 

The State government for Maryland announced that Watsontown Trucking Company, a subsidiary of Patton Logistics Group, will expand its operations into the state. Company president Steve Patton says the business decision will offer customers improved service and faster transit times. 

The year 2022 saw some of the biggest names in business reinvest in Maryland. BWM doubled its distribution hub, and Marriott opened its global headquarters. 

About the author

Sharl is a qualified journalist. He has over 10 years’ experience in the media industry, including positions as an editor of a magazine and Business Editor of a daily newspaper. Sharl also has experience in logistics specifically operations, where he worked with global food aid organisations distributing food into Africa. Sharl enjoys writing business stories and human interest pieces.