Gov. Larry Hogan had been scheduled to appear at the headquarters of McCormick & Company Tuesday to make a major announcement about the future of the company, but the unrest in Baltimore postponed those plans.
Sources familiar with the matter said it was to announce that the state would retain the headquarters of the Sparks-based spice company.
The governor’s office, after scheduling the visit, announced later in the day that Hogan had canceled his public schedule because of the Baltimore riots.
Department of Business and Economic Development Secretary R. Michael Gill has made retaining the company in the state a top priority since his appointment by Gov. Larry Hogan late last year.
“I personally don’t think they want to go anywhere,” Gill said in January. “I’m not putting any pressure on McCormick. I think they want to stay right here and they just want to know that they could have a good situation in terms of location, in terms of their ability to quickly build a new headquarters. But McCormick wants to be a Maryland company; I’m really confident of that.”
The company called Baltimore home for a century before moving to its current location. The company employs about 10,000 people, 25 percent of whom live in the state.
The company announced last year that it wanted to consolidate its Sparks and Hunt Valley operations and was said to be looking at Delaware, Pennsylvania and and Virginia.