Crown, Cork & Seal buildings may be familiar to Baltimoreans. The buildings that were once owned by the company that came about after William Painter’s invention of the Crown Cork bottle cap in Baltimore are now home to new creativity like the studios in the Copy Cat building in Station North, or the home of tech companies like the Emerging Technology Center in Highlandtown. Even the Baltimore Design School is in a former Crown Cork and Seal building.
The original company, however, is still alive as the global company Crown Holding. But it’s about to lose one of its last buildings in the Baltimore area.
The company, which was founded in Baltimore but is now based in Philly, filed notice with the state that it plans to shut down its plant in Essex, and lay off the 47 people who work there. The closure is expected to be complete by Oct. 30. The move comes shortly after CEO John W. Conway announced he will retire at the end of the year.
After the closure, the only plant left in the Baltimore area will be in Belcamp. That’s despite the company’s global reach in cans and packaging. So one of the only ways left to honor the company is to the Crown Cork and Seal Building in Essex will be to redevelop the building into a new center of innovation.
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