Baltimore County News
Over one million square-foot facility will bring 1,000 employees to Tradepoint Atlantic
Under Armour is opening a new 1.3 million square-foot distribution and warehouse facility in Baltimore County as part of the Tradepoint Atlantic redevelopment of the Sparrows Point peninsula. With its global headquarters in Baltimore, the athletic apparel and equipment company projects it will employ 1,000 workers once the facility is operating at full capacity.
“Under Armour’s new e-commerce distribution house at Tradepoint Atlantic is a perfect match for our vision for Sparrows Point -- this is a hometown company investing in the region and bringing 1,000 jobs to Baltimore County. Under Armour’s success is based on commitment, respect and the ability to creatively and strategically meet the demands of the marketplace. We are proud to be part of that team,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
Creating economic and job opportunities
“Our fourth distribution house will be a top-notch service engine for our e-commerce business to deliver the right product, to the right place at the right time to our growing consumer base and athletes around the world,” said Under Armour CEO and Founder Kevin Plank. “We are pleased to collaborate with Baltimore County and the State to create economic and job opportunities for the greater Baltimore community and Maryland as a whole.”
The facility, which is expected to open in the summer of 2018, will feature state-of-the-art equipment and systems to enhance Under Armour’s product distribution to its growing base of e-commerce consumers.
“Baltimore County proactively put key pieces in place to make Tradepoint Atlantic’s Sparrows Point site attractive to business. We initiated creation of the Chesapeake Enterprise Zone, established a foreign trade zone to facilitate global commerce and set up training systems for distribution operations workers,” said Will Anderson, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Economic & Workforce Development.
Under Armour joins FedEx Ground and Pasha Automotive as tenants of Tradepoint Atlantic, a 3,100 acre development that is one of the largest economic development projects on the East Coast. The project features a unique combination of access to deepwater berths, railroads and highways that is ideal for global distribution and advanced manufacturing.
“Our vision for Sparrows Point is to attract world-class companies that want to take advantage of Baltimore’s deep talent pool, prime mid-Atlantic location and integrated transportation network,” added County Executive Kamenetz. “We’re well on our way to fulfilling that vision and bringing 10,000 jobs back to Sparrows Point.”
Will Anderson, Director, Baltimore County Economic & Workforce Development
The 3,100 acres at Sparrows Point are rapidly living up to their potential as one of the most important job generators in the region. What did Baltimore County do to plan for this next generation jobs opportunity?
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Tradepoint Atlantic CEO Michael Moore discuss the vision for bringing 10,000 jobs back to Sparrows Point. Get a first-hand look at this massive project, based on the work of the Sparrows Point Partnership, a business advisory group spearheaded by Baltimore County consisting of port officials and business, real estate, manufacturing, logistics and distribution executives.
“We want to have good middle skill jobs available that pay a decent wage and have great benefits,” says County Executive Kamenetz. “We are trying to create that next generation of job opportunity at Sparrows Point.”
Learn more about Tradepoint Atlantic: www.tradepointatlantic.com
Next Up Baltimore County explores what makes Baltimore County a great place to live and work. The show features interviews with local business leaders, entrepreneurs and educators and is produced by the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development. In addition to online access, Next Up runs on Baltimore County cable channel 25 at the following times: Monday, 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. Tuesday 1:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. Wednesday 9:00 p.m. Thursday 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m. Friday 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m. Sunday 9:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m.
A new purpose-built auto terminal at Tradepoint Atlantic will soon welcome its first vessel to Sparrows Point. Pasha Automotive Services, a global logistics and transportation company, is leasing 21 acres for roll-on/roll-off (ro/ro) operations for imported automobiles.
Initially, between 40-50 jobs will be created, with more jobs anticipated as additional site capacity is built. Pasha has the potential to expand to 150 acres at the terminal.
“Tradepoint Atlantic is rapidly living up to its potential as the most important jobs generator in the region,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “With each new tenant, we come closer to returning 10,000 jobs to Sparrows Point.”
The new terminal adds important roll-on/roll-off capacity for the Port of Baltimore and positions Sparrows Point as the East Coast location of choice for automotive processing. Fiat Chrysler vehicles will be the first imports at the Sparrows Point terminal.
Tradepoint Atlantic has invested $5 million on infrastructure upgrades such as berth improvements, security upgrades and additional roadway infrastructure for the site.
“Port related uses have been central to our vision for bringing jobs back to Sparrows Point since 2013, when the County’s Sparrows Point Partnership developed a blueprint for maximizing the potential for this unique peninsula. No single East Coast location has the same level of waterfront, large storage areas and transportation access as the Sparrows Point peninsula,” added Kamenetz.
Revised September 26, 2016