Fairchild Industries Inc., stepping up its campaign against what it calls the "adversarial" attitude of Maryland officials toward business, is considering moving some of its offices across the state line to a site in Virginia near Dulles International Airport.
"We recognize Dulles as an important new center of commerce, and we have told the airport's management we are considering locating some offices there," a company spokesman said yesterday. "It's premature to be specific as to what Fairchild offices might be located there."
"They definitely came to us and were very much interested," said a spokesman for Dulles. The Fairchild offices would apparently be located on federal land near the airport. The Dulles spokesman said talks had been going on for three months, but no decision is imminent.
The company is apparently thinking of moving some or all of the operations from its headquarters in Germantown. Fairchild also has major plants in Montgomery County and Hagerstown that would be more difficult to move.
Maryland officials could not be reached for comment.
Fairchild's relations with Maryland officials have been increasingly rocky in recent months, in part because of an 86-count indictment handed down last fall against the company for allegedly polluting the ground around the Hagerstown aircraft-parts plant with toxic wastes. The trial in the case began last week.
Fairchild has prepared and sent to business leaders and other officials an eight-page pamphlet defending the company against the charges and attacking Maryland officials for prosecuting the company in the case.
"Our concern is over the tactics of enforcement suddenly being used by the attorney general and state health authorities," Fairchild Chairman and President Edward G. Uhl writes in the pamphlet. "And it extends beyond the treatment of Fairchild as an adversary to be hauled into court. Should this policy of the state become widespread, then the economy could suffer, the resolution of environmental problems delayed or hampered and the people of Maryland ultimately hurt rather than protected."
A Fairchild spokesman said that Uhl has been vocalizing his complaints against the state to other business leaders.