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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.


Cites Modern Facility with Top-Performing Employees and Superior Results

County Executive John Olszewski, Jr. reached out to the head of General Motors (GM) to emphasize the value of the state-of-the-art White Marsh manufacturing facility, both to GM and to the Baltimore region. In a letter sent yesterday afternoon, he called on GM Chairman and CEO Mary Teresa Barra to find a product or alternate use for the plant that will keep all of its 300 high-performing employees working.

“We know that Eastern Baltimore County is one of the most competitive areas for manufacturing on the East Coast with our highly skilled workforce and proximity to transportation networks,” Olszewski said. “I wanted to make sure that the leadership at GM understands the importance and value of this facility to their bottom line and to Baltimore County.” 

The full text of his letter is below:

                                        December 11, 2018

Ms. Mary Teresa Barra

Chairman and CEO

General Motors Company

300 Renaissance Center

Detroit, Michigan 48243

Dear Ms. Barra,

As the newly-elected County Executive of Baltimore County, I was shocked to learn about General Motors’ (GM) decision to cease production at GM’s White Marsh facility. This facility has been an anchor and source of pride within our County since it opened in 2000.  The facility’s importance to the region became even more significant upon the opening of the $245 million electric motor facility in 2012. Hundreds of millions of federal, state, and local dollars have been invested since its opening and it has been lauded as a “state of the art” facility that embodied American resiliency in the wake of the great recession.

As you know, our region has strong and deep roots in manufacturing. Our proximity to major highway and rail networks and the Port of Baltimore has made eastern Baltimore County one of the most significant areas for logistics and manufacturing – and we continue to remain competitive. We attract talented and qualified workers and have demonstrated our commitment to embracing 21st century workforce solutions through bolstering trades, job training and workforce development. And we will continue to do so.

Therefore I respectfully request that GM find a product or alternative use for the plant that will keep all 300 of those employees working in Baltimore County. I understand that according to GM’s own corporate metrics, the employees at White Marsh are among the top performers across the entire company. Furthermore, I understand these employees have had very few grievances with GM management. The facility is both modern and effective, and I know these hard-working men and women remain committed to achieving high performance standards.

If GM does not reverse the decision to cease production in White Marsh, we must work collectively with our state and federal partners to do everything we can for the employees and families impacted.  As such, I have asked my team to immediately engage with local GM and United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 239 in an effort to protect the career-paths of affected GM workers. At my direction, Baltimore County’s Department of Workforce and Economic Development will serve as the central agency responsible for communications, coordination with area employers interested in recruiting GM workers, and hosting career fairs.  We will also offer workshops and direct career counseling, assist with resume development, interview preparation, and other unemployment essentials.

Earlier this week, a team of economic and workforce development professionals from my administration met with GM’s human resource manager, Erin Spitzer, to discuss collaboration on these efforts. I have every confidence that we will continue to have GM’s cooperation and partnership in these efforts. 

While we are bracing for a possible closure, I would like to reiterate my strong request to maintain operations at the White Marsh facility. As soon as possible, I invite you and/or members of your senior leadership team to join me in a tour of the White Marsh operation to observe the world-class operation there firsthand. I am available to discuss this matter at your convenience. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

John Olszewski, Jr.

County Executive

cc:

Eric Shelhorn, Plant Manager, GM White Marsh

Erin Spitzer, HR Manager, GM White Marsh

John Blanchard, Director of Local Government Relations, GM

Will Anderson, Director of Economic & Workforce Development, Baltimore County

Mike Gill, Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce

The Honorable Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr., Governor of Maryland

The Honorable Katherine Klausmeier, Senate of Maryland District 8

The Honorable Eric Bromwell, Maryland House of Delegates District 8

The Honorable Joe Cluster, Maryland House of Delegates District 8

The Honorable Christian Miele, Maryland House of Delegates District 8

The Honorable Cathy Bevins, Baltimore County Council District 6

Harry Bhandari, Delegate-Elect, District 8

Joseph Boteler, Delegate-Elect, District 8


4,000 more people working

In just one month, 4,000 people came off unemployment in Baltimore County. The Baltimore County unemployment rate is now 3.9%, lower than Maryland’s October rate.

“Baltimore County’s unemployment rate hasn’t been this low since last December. We all benefit when more people bring home a paycheck,” said Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler.

“Lower unemployment is a win for workers, families and our entire community. Baltimore County’s economy is clearly moving forward, but we know we can't take anything for granted and must continue to make progress,” said County Executive-Elect John Olszewski, Jr. 

Employment growth is driven by job creation in new business developments throughout the County, including Tradepoint Atlantic, downtown Towson, Owings Mills and expansions of the County’s major health care facilities. 


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017