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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.


“Our workers are second to none” 

Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler released the following statement in response to General Motors’ announcement that the GM Baltimore plant in White Marsh will not have any products allocated in 2019:

Baltimore County stands with the workers and their families who are part of a decades-long GM manufacturing legacy in Baltimore, from advanced hybrid motors in White Marsh to vehicle production at Broening Highway. Our workers are second to none.

The county’s workforce development team is available immediately to assist with job and career counseling services for the 300 GM workers whose jobs will be affected next year. The Eastpoint Career Center will help match GM workers with other employers looking for their skills in advanced manufacturing and connect them to training and job search workshops.” 


Show Airs on Cable Channel 25 and Online

The latest edition of Baltimore County’s half-hour cable television public affairs show, “Hello Baltimore County,” features the County’s new College Promise program, an initiative to connect job-seekers with good jobs in growing fields, plus the Department of Aging’s array of programs and services for seniors and their families.

Baltimore County’s College Promise Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis explain how the County is making CCBC tuition-free for eligible students.

Connect to a Better Job – Let Baltimore County’s new Job Connector initiative help you get job-ready to work in a growth industry.

40 Years Serving Seniors – Baltimore County’s Department of Aging is 40 and serving today’s seniors with more programs and services than ever.

You can also view the show on the County website’s Hello Baltimore County page. In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25, in Baltimore County, at the following times:

Mondays: 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m.

Tuesdays: 12 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m.

Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m.

Thursdays: 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 8 p.m.

Fridays: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.

Saturdays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Sundays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017