BGE Home President and CEO Bill Munn's retirement becomes official today, but before exiting Munn joined with Baltimore County elected officials Friday to officially open the company's new corporate headquarters in Middle River's Baltimore Crossroads business park.
"I just felt when we got close to this [opening], we had the company positioned, a new headquarters, it was probably time to start thinking about [retirement]," Munn said.
BGE Home formed in 1994 and focuses on heating and air conditioning installation and service, including energy-efficient units. The new 55,000 square foot headquarters consolidates four previous locations, two in Rosedale and two in Columbia. The building also incorporates a number of environmentally-friendly and green building advances.
BGE Home is the second corporate headquarters and 11th business to take up residence at Baltimore Crossroads. More than 475,000 square feet of space has been constructed and is available, with a total of five million square feet of office and retail space planned at the 1,000-acre site.
"This [opening] just adds to what is already happening in eastern Baltimore County," said Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith. "We're looking forward to BGE Home and [other] businesses like it making the eastern part of the county the engine some of us remember it to be."
Munn said the company began planning a move and consolidation about two years ago, and examined several sites before settling on Baltimore Crossing in fall 2006.
BGE Home's presence would help sell the park as a location for incoming BRAC-related business, Smith said, with its placement between Aberdeen Proving Ground and Ft. Meade. Baltimore County Councilman Joe Bartenfelder said BGE Home's offices were important for the county's residents, as well as its economic development.
"It could be called a crown jewel of the business park," Bartenfelder said. "It puts Baltimore Crossing on the map and has other businesses looking at the area."