Company plans to increase workforce at second location in Hampstead over the next six years
BALTIMORE, MD (August 25, 2021) — Governor Larry Hogan today announced that Penguin Random House, the renowned book publisher home to more than 300 international publishing imprints, has expanded its presence in Maryland with the opening of a second distribution center in Carroll County.
“To see Penguin Random House expand is very exciting news for our state and for our Carroll County workforce,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “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 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 in Carroll County. 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.
“We have been enormously pleased with our Westminster Distribution and Fulfillment center. So, when 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,” said Annette Danek, executive vice president, supply chain, of Penguin Random House. “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.”
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 1800’s, 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 over 100 Pulitzer laureates.
“Penguin Random House’s commitment to Carroll County and the surrounding area is an excellent investment for the entire state,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. “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.”
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 (MEDAAF). The state is also providing a $25,000 workforce training grant through its Partnership for Workforce Quality (PWQ) program.
“Penguin Random House has been in Carroll County for over 50 years. They were, and still remain, one of the county’s largest private employers. Over the years, Carroll County has supported PRH and its predecessor companies in multiple expansions of its operations,” said Jack Lyburn, director of economic development. “Certainly, the leasing of this space is the biggest expansion yet for the company, which now occupies nearly 2.5 million square feet of space in the county. I want to thank PRH for their continued investment in the county and creating additional employment opportunities for Carroll County residents.”