Sagamore Ventures and The Foundery Partner on 20,000 sq. ft. Manufacturing Innovation Center in Port Covington

| September 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Sagamore Development is the putting the finishing touches on City Garage in Port Covington and has announced its newest tenant, The Foundery. City Garage will also be the home of Under Armour’s Innovation Team, which is responsible for designing shoes, and trades like glass blowing, blacksmiths, flag makers, metal workers, and 3-D printing, as well as a temporary home to bottle Sagamore Spirit rye whiskey. The 130,000 sq. ft. facility was described as a “collaborative space,” one which will be open for tours to local students and visitors.

Sagamore has acquired more than 230 acres of real estate in Port Covington and is planning a future 3 million sq. ft. campus for Under Armour. It is currently converting the former Sam’s Club at the shopping center into a new 170,000 sq. ft. office building for Under Armour’s finance and IT department. Work also recently begun on a five-acre, four-building space for Sagamore Spirit rye whiskey.

Sagamore Ventures press release:

Baltimore, Md. – Sagamore Ventures, LLC, and The Foundery Inc., today announced plans to open the newest innovation center for manufacturing technology and training in Baltimore; a 20,000-square-foot maker space at the site of the former City Garage in Port Covington, providing community access to state-of-the-art industrial-grade tools, education and workforce development opportunities. 

The Foundery, established in 2013, currently offers machine tools, woodworking and metalworking equipment and classes to the public within a 2,000-square-foot facility located between Fells Point and Harbor East. Sagamore Ventures is the early-stage investment arm of Plank Industries.

The Foundery will move to its new home at 101 W. Dickman Street beginning in October of this year, becoming the first tenant at the newly-renovated City Garage building, a 130,000-square-foot former Baltimore City bus depot in Port Covington.

“In just two years, the Foundery has grown from an idea to a place where makers and entrepreneurs can meet, learn, and bring ideas to life,” said Jason Hardebeck, executive director of The Foundery. “We are thrilled to partner with Sagamore Ventures and provide more space, tools and opportunities to educate and train our workforce and spark innovation in Baltimore.”

As a result of the partnership with Sagamore Ventures, The Foundery will expand its equipment offering significantly to include many new tools and advanced fabrication technology. The added space will support hundreds of members simultaneously, increasing opportunities for partnerships with Maryland businesses, educational institutions, entrepreneurs, and others.  The Foundery’s hours will also expand beyond the current volunteer-driven model, ultimately providing members with access to the facility seven days per week.

“Given Baltimore’s rich manufacturing history, we are incredibly excited to help support and expand a local business like the Foundery,” said Demian Costa, partner at Plank Industries and managing partner of Sagamore Ventures. “This platform will give the deep-rooted creative working class that thrives here in Baltimore City a place to explore and grow their talent. We hope the Foundery in Port Covington will serve not only as a hub for innovation, but also as a center for workforce development and opportunity.”

Along with classes for skills like welding and plasma cutting, The Foundery offers weekly project nights and open shop hours. For more information on the Foundery, visit www.bmorefoundery.com.

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