The latest issue of "Inside the Baltimore Development Corporation," the BDC's PR brochure featuring good news about development in Mobtown, contains a short profile of Danko Arlington Inc., an 86-year-old metal foundry now run by the third generation, John Danko, in Park Heights. Among its 65 employees, the foundry employs former prisoners and drug addicts, according to the article, to make components for missile launchers and "high tech fire control systems" for "all five branches of the armed forces." Some of the company's workers come through references from Catholic Charities, St. Frances Academy, and Associated Jewish Charities, according to the the profile.
"The real amazing story is that formerly addicted and homeless men living on the streets of Baltimore are now producing valuable weapons systems," Danko says in the BDC profile. "What's even more remarkable is that the art of metal casting, which began in ancient Mesopotamia 5,000 years ago, is now being used by a small Baltimore company to help liberate the present day Iraqi people-those descendants of the first metal casters."