Caroline County Economic Development

Caroline County Announces the Expansion of Eastern Shore Forest Products to Federalsburg; 45 New Jobs


Caroline County Economic Development has announced the expansion of Eastern Shore Forest Products to Federalsburg. Eastern Shore Forest Products is headquartered in Salisbury, MD and operates four other locations in Millington, Salisbury and Pocomoke, MD and Frankford, DE. The company purchased the former Kraft-Heinz property that ceased operations earlier this year. Eastern Shore Forest Products will be making a total investment of $5 million in the property and adding at least 45 new jobs.

Eastern Shore Forest Products is a family-owned business that has been operating for 37 years. It produces specialty consumer wood products, industrial wood fiber, mulch, fuel and specialty soil mixes. Its Federalsburg facility will produce animal bedding and fuel products that is distributed primarily through major national retailers. The company is making improvements to the facility to sound-proof its operations from outside the building. It is also in the process of building its own proprietary equipment used in the production process.

“We are excited to welcome another great company to our community,” said Rachel Barry, Economic Development Coordinator for Caroline County. “Eastern Shore Forest Products has won quality and service awards from its customers, and it has a very strong management team. We’re proud they chose to expand their business to Federalsburg and Caroline County.

Eastern Shore Forest Products may be utilizing the manufacturing tax credits offered by the Town of Federalsburg and Caroline County, as well as the Enterprise Zone tax credits offered by the State of Maryland.

Eastern Shore Forest Products is one of three manufacturers to expand to Federalsburg within the past eight months. Chuck Planner, Mayor of Federalsburg, credits the responsiveness of the Town’s staff, its dedicated economic development commission, and a strong relationship with County economic development for its recent success. “When businesses like Eastern Shore Forest Products visit our town, they see a team of people who are excited to help them.”

Dan Franklin, President of the Caroline County Commissioners, agrees. “We are privileged and excited to have Eastern Shore Forest Products coming to Caroline County. They are innovators in their field, and have been very successful. We welcome them with open arms into our business community. We look forward to seeing Eastern Shore Forest Products continue their success with the citizens of Caroline County.”

Eastern Shore Forest Products will begin hiring for several key positions immediately and has expressed interest in interviewing former Kraft-Heinz employees affected by the merger and plant consolidation. Tom Johnson, CEO of Eastern Shore Forest Products, said the availability of experienced manufacturing talent was one of the things that made Federalsburg an appealing location. “We’re looking for dedicated people who can grow with us. Most of our employees have been with us for years. I believe if you treat people right, they will treat you right and they will want to stay with you.”

Anyone interested in applying for a position with Eastern Shore Forest Products may complete an application on their website at Questions about economic development in Caroline County may be directed to 410-479-4188 or


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