Looking Local: Cardinal Scientific Continues Growth in Charles County

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

For our final Looking Local blog of 2016, we spoke to Scott Decker, Director of Operations at Cardinal Scientific, Inc., located in Waldorf. Cardinal Scientific is an engineering, design, and fabrication company that delivers tangible products to meet customer needs. With clients spanning military, universities, private industry, and more, Cardinal Scientific has found Waldorf to be a strategic location. Approaching its 30th anniversary and celebrating 10 years since its expansion into Charles County, Cardinal Scientific’s next endeavor will be the growth of its revenue, capabilities, and workforce in 2017.

Charles County Department of Economic Development (EDD): Why did Cardinal Scientific choose to locate in Charles County?

Scott Decker (SD): We relocated to Waldorf about ten years ago from Clinton, Maryland. We were looking for a good location with respect to our customer needs and additional fabrication space. In Waldorf, we found room to expand our facilities.

EDD: What are the main advantages of doing business in Charles County?

SD: In Charles County, we are equidistant to many of our clients who are located in DC, Naval Support Facility Indian Head, University of Maryland and others. We have quick access to the Beltway and Route 301. The close proximity allows us to have face-to-face meetings with government clientele, and allows us to do business with prime contractors. For our projects with government clients, it is very important to be able to meet and talk in person.

EDD: What would you tell someone considering relocating their business to Charles County?

SD: Charles County has close proximity to major transportation, as well as a reasonable cost of living and affordable home prices—all those economic drivers are good reasons to relocate. Charles County has many features that would help attract a good workforce, like good park land, access to water sports, the ballpark, and overall great communities.

EDD: Have you worked directly with the Charles County Economic Development Department? If so, please describe your experience.

SD: We recently reached out to the EDD to learn more about what Charles County can do for us in terms of expanding our business, training our workforce, and attracting new talent. Our initial experience has been very good. The team wants to help and get to know us, and we are excited to work together. Overall, I would say we are off to a good start.

EDD: What is your favorite part of working and living in Charles County?

SD: The commute is a big part of why I love working in Charles County. I live within ten minutes of work and I don’t have to fight traffic for hours. Living in Charles County means great neighborhoods within close proximity to stores and restaurants. Another one of the reasons my family decided to move here was because of the great school district.

To learn about how the Economic Development Department can support your business, visit our Business Support page or contact us at info@meetcharlescounty.com.


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