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Penguin Random House expansion to add 150 jobs in Maryland

Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced that Penguin Random House, the book publisher of more than 300 international publishing imprints, has expanded its presence in Maryland with the opening of a second distribution center in Carroll County.

The company, which has the largest of its four nationwide distribution centers in Westminster, has leased 1 million square feet of space at 630 Hanover Pike in Hampstead for its new location.

Over time, Penguin Random House plans to create 150 new full-time jobs at the facility, increasing its total employment number to 870 workers in Maryland.

In July 2013, two major book publishers, Penguin Group and Random House, merged into Penguin Random House. The company’s roots date back to the 1800s, and its history in Maryland began in the 1960s. They have published many of the world’s most read authors, including more than 80 Nobel and 100 Pulitzer laureates.

To assist with project costs, the Maryland Department of Commerce has approved a $325,000 conditional loan through Advantage Maryland, formerly the Maryland Economic Development Assistance Authority and Fund. The state is also providing a $25,000 workforce training grant through its Partnership for Workforce Quality program.

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