Bedding maker Elite Comfort Solutions plans to open its first Maryland plant in Havre de Grace and create 224 full-time jobs within three years.
The Georgia-based specialty foam maker for bedding and furniture production will run a foam casting and manufacturing operation at a leased facility in a Harford County Enterprise Zone, where new job-creating businesses are eligible to apply. tax relief.
Tyson Hagale, president of bedding products at manufacturer Leggett & Platt, the parent company of Elite Comfort, said the new facility is part of an overall expansion by the manufacturer and producer of polyurethane foam technologies.
It manufactures advanced memory foam, temperature sensitive foam and conventional comfort foams used for boxed and finished mattresses, mattress and furniture components and other manufactured items. The company operates more than a dozen facilities across the United States, in states including Arkansas, California, Georgia, North Carolina and Mississippi.
Gov. Larry Hogan, in an announcement Monday, called Elite’s decision to expand into Maryland a “huge win” for the state’s manufacturing industry and Harford County’s economy.
The company will receive a conditional loan of $900,000 through a state Department of Commerce program, Advantage Maryland, formerly known as the Maryland Economic Development Assistance Authority and Fund. Harford County is also providing a conditional loan of $90,000, which will be used to cover labor training costs. The manufacturer is eligible for state and local tax credits, such as the Enterprise Area Property Tax Credit and the Job Creation Tax Credit.
“They join a growing list of national brands that have chosen Harford as their ideal place to do business,” Harford County Executive Barry Glassman said in a statement Monday.