Penguin Random House to add 150 Maryland jobs with Hampstead distribution center

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Penguin Random House’s distribution and fulfillment center in Westminster is the book publisher’s largest center in the United States. The company will open its second Carroll County location — and its fourth U.S. location — in Hampstead, where they plan to add 150 new full-time jobs. Image via Google Streetview.

The book publisher Penguin Random House plans to add 150 new jobs in Maryland when it opens its fourth U.S. distribution center in Hampstead, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday.

The company’s largest U.S. distribution center is located in Westminster, making the new Hampstead center the publisher’s second location in Carroll County.

“To see Penguin Random House expand is very exciting news for our state and for our Carroll County workforce,” Hogan said in a statement. “We are proud to support the company in its endeavors and we look forward to watching its footprint continue growing right here in Maryland.”

The book publisher will open its newest distribution center at 630 Hanover Pike in Hampstead, where it has leased 1 million square feet of space.

The company plans to increase its total employment number in Maryland to 870 workers with the addition of 150 new full-time jobs at the Hampstead facility.

Annette Danek, executive vice president of supply chain at Penguin Random House, said the company has been “enormously pleased” with its Westminster center, and the book publisher wanted to continue its expansion in Maryland.

“[W]hen we decided to expand into a fourth facility to support our continued nationwide focus on growth and innovation, it was a natural decision to select a second Maryland location,” Danek said in a statement. “We are enthusiastic about the many terrific possibilities our Hampstead site can realize for our authors, booksellers, publishing partners—and for the career opportunities for our Westminster colleagues, and new job opportunities for Marylanders.”

Penguin Group and Random House merged into Penguin Random House in July 2013.

Penguin Random House, already the largest book publisher in the U.S., hopes to grow even bigger with plans to buy Simon & Schuster, the New York Times reported in November 2020.

The more than $2 billion deal would have to be approved by international regulators, and the potential creation of a “megapublisher” has raised antitrust concerns.

Still, Maryland officials praised Penguin Random House’s expansion in the state.

“Penguin Random House’s commitment to Carroll County and the surrounding area is an excellent investment for the entire state,” Kelly Schulz, the state’s commerce secretary and a Republican candidate for governor, said in a statement. “Maryland continues to be a prime destination for companies looking to distribute their products easily and efficiently, and we’re excited to see how this new facility impacts the company and its customer experience.”

The Maryland Department of Commerce approved a $325,000 conditional loan through Advantage Maryland, formerly the Maryland Economic Development Assistance Authority and Fund, to help cover project costs.

The state will also provide a $25,000 workforce training grant as part of its Partnership for Workforce Quality program.

Marcus Dieterle

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