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Date: Jan 24, 2019

Company bringing 150 jobs to Tradepoint Atlantic

Tons of tile and flooring products will soon be imported through the Port of Baltimore to a 1.5 million square foot Floor & Decor distribution center at Tradepoint Atlantic. The center will bring 150 new jobs to Sparrows Point in eastern Baltimore County. 

“This is what 21st century job creation looks like. We are excited to welcome a rapidly growing company like Floor & Decor to the growing list of companies at Tradepoint Atlantic,” said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski.

Floor & Decor is a specialty retailer of tile, wood, laminate and natural stone flooring and accessories. Headquartered in Smyrna, Georgia, near Atlanta, their warehouse-format stores are located throughout the United States.

The Floor & Decor distribution center is expected to open at Tradepoint Atlantic in late 2019.

Floor & Decor will receive a $70,000 conditional loan from Baltimore County to support costs of equipment at the facility, including materials handling equipment, racking and IT hardware. The loan must be approved by the Baltimore County Council.  

The state, through the Maryland Department of Commerce, is supporting the project with a $700,000 conditional loan.                                          

Baltimore County Supporting Job Growth

“By continuing to support the businesses of tomorrow, we can continue Sparrows Point’s transformative redevelopment into a vibrant hub for global commerce,” Olszewski said.

The County initiated creation of the Chesapeake Enterprise Zone and established a foreign trade zone to expand global commerce. Through its Job Connector program, Baltimore County is facilitating employee recruitment for companies locating at Tradepoint Atlantic.

In early 2018, Baltimore County was awarded a $20 million grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation for infrastructure improvements and expansion of aging marine facilities at Tradepoint Atlantic.

Bringing Jobs Back to the Point

“There are more than 17,000 jobs on the horizon when Tradepoint Atlantic is fully developed. There already are more people working at Sparrows Point today than when the steel mill closed there in 2012,” Olszewski said.

Amazon, FedEx Ground, Pasha Automotive, Under Armour and Gotham Greens are among the companies bringing new jobs to Tradepoint Atlantic and Baltimore County.

When fully developed, Tradepoint Atlantic will generate 17,000 permanent jobs in the Baltimore region, plus another 21,000 jobs during construction. Economic impact is projected to top $3 billion by 2025, according to a Sage Policy Group study.


Digital speed signs are in response to concerns raised at town hall meeting

County Executive Johnny Olszewski and 5th District Councilman David Marks announced jointly that the County Department of Public Works will initiate a traffic calming pilot program that will position digital speed signs around the County to help mitigate high-speed drivers in residential neighborhoods as part of a comprehensive traffic calming strategy.

“Councilman Marks and I heard loud and clear at last week’s town hall meeting that our residents are very concerned about drivers speeding through their neighborhoods,” Olszewski said. “Councilman Marks has advocated for using digital speed monitoring systems to slow down drivers and I am pleased that we are moving ahead with a pilot program,” Olszewski said. 

“Traffic safety was a major concern raised at the fifth district town hall meeting,” Marks said. I commend County Executive Olszewski for working so quickly to create this pilot program on speed sign technology.”

The pilot program will deploy one digital speed monitoring system in each of the County’s seven councilmatic districts with the results to be reviewed by traffic experts in the Department of Public Works. The timeline and logistical details of the pilot program are currently in development. 

Currently the Police Department has five portable digital speed monitoring signs that are placed as needed at locations around the County. This new pilot program will enhance these efforts. 


Nominate someone who is making a difference in your community!

The Baltimore County Commission for Women is accepting nominations for its 2019 “Woman of the Year” and “Young Woman of the Year” awards. In addition, one woman who has made a powerful impact on the community through her volunteer efforts will be chosen as the 2019 “Woman Making a Difference.” This is the 37th year the Commission for Women will honor women for their outstanding contributions to the community.

The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, February 19, 2019. Honorees will be notified after that date, and the awards will be presented in March of 2019.

Female residents of Baltimore County who have made significant, unique, and lasting contributions to their community, workplace, or school to further the interest of women and families are eligible for the awards. Nominees for the “Young Woman of the Year” must be a high school senior in Baltimore County. Previous winners and elected officials are not eligible to be nominated.

Questions or requests for nomination forms may be directed to Carmen Christiana at 410-887-2450. Nomination forms are also available online at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/nominate.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017