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$350M medical manufacturing plant to open at Tradepoint Atlantic

Dan Izhaky, CEO of United Safety Technology, speaks at Tradepoint Atlantic. (The Daily Record/Johanna Alonso)

Tradepoint Atlantic’s next tenant will be a medical manufacturing company that launched during the pandemic in hopes of decreasing the country’s reliance on international manufacturing for medical supplies. 

The company, United Safety Technology Inc., currently manufactures N95 masks, considered the gold standard for protecting oneself against COVID-19, in California. The facility at Tradepoint Atlantic will take over that operation and will also manufacture medical-grade nitrile exam gloves — stretchy blue gloves typically worn by doctors.

The plant is expected to eventually create over 2,000 permanent jobs in manufacturing and other functions. 

It’s the latest company to move into Tradepoint Atlantic, a 3,300-acre Baltimore County development at the site of the former Bethlehem Steel plant that contains a number of logistical and industrial facilities. Tradepoint Atlantic has grown rapidly since it announced its first tenant, FedEx, in early 2016, and current occupants include Under Armor, McCormick, Amazon, and, most recently, BMW, which opened a vehicle distribution center at Tradepoint Atlantic last month.  

United Safety Technology will take over the former Bethlehem Steel Cold Mill building, which was built in 1999 for use as a cold roll mill steel production and product storage space. The mill went idle in 2012, and the site was used for several years for storage by third-party logistics providers.  

The 735,000 square-foot, $350 million facility will be developed in phases over three years; it’s set to begin producing gloves in the first quarter of 2023, creating a total of 375 million monthly.  

The project was announced at the former Bethlehem Steel Cold Mill Building at Tradepoint Atlantic on Wednesday. 

United Safety Technology CEO David Izhaky told attendees that the company’s mission is to return manufacturing — especially medical manufacturing — to the United States, to ensure that global supply chain issues wouldn’t stop the nation’s hospitals and doctors from safely taking care of the sick. He asked listeners to recall the early days of the pandemic, when hospitals struggled to acquire masks and other personal protective equipment they needed to care for COVID-19 patients. 

“We’re a team leading the movement to bring back life-saving PPE production back to our shores. We can protect the safety and security of our communities in America. Not only is it a noble mission, but it’s also an exciting one,” Izhaky said. 

According to Izhaky, the United States uses over 110 billion exam gloves each year but manufacturs less than 1% of that number. 

Several state and local leaders were present supporting the announcement — Gov. Larry Hogan, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. and Del. Richard Metzgar, R-Baltimore, as well as Dawn O’Connell, assistant secretary for preparedness and response for the Department of Health and Human Services. HHS helped coordinate a $96.1 million grant from the Department of Defense to United Safety Technology to help the company expand its production of nitrile gloves. 

“I’m so glad to see that Sparrows Point and Tradepoint Atlantic is, in fact, becoming that economic engine, a powerhouse for Baltimore County, the state of Maryland, and now for our country, so thank you, UST, for this critical investment in our community, but also in our country’s future,” Olszewski said. 

Opening a facility at Sparrows Point will allow United Safety Technologies to reduce the environmental impact of their manufacturing while drawing from the talent pool in Baltimore County and surrounding areas, Ishaky said. Renovating the existing building to suit the company’s needs will also be a relatively simple process, mostly involving cleaning and installing utilities and equipment. 

One comment

  1. This is a big win for Maryland. I spent time with Dan Izhaky, CEO of United Safety Technology, and his amazing team. Dan has attracted outstanding talent who are passionate about the future of UST and the positive impact they will have in Maryland. UST will be producing goods that are good for the world.