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Amazon is delivering more than 1,500 full time jobs to a new 855,000 square foot fulfillment center in Baltimore County. Associates working at the $225 million facility under construction at Tradepoint Atlantic in Sparrows Point will pick, pack and ship customer items such as electronics, books, housewares and toys.

“This is what job creation looks like: a world class company investing in the region, bringing 1,500 new jobs to Baltimore County. We are pleased to welcome Amazon to the growing list of companies with a Tradepoint Atlantic address,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Amazon joins Under Armour, FedEx Ground, Pasha Automotive, Access World, Harley Davidson and others as tenants of Tradepoint Atlantic, a 3,100 acre development in eastern Baltimore County that is one of the largest economic development projects on the East Coast.  

“We’re excited to open a new, state-of-the-art fulfillment center in historic Sparrows Point and to continue innovating in a state committed to providing great opportunities for jobs and customer experience. Maryland has an incredible workforce, and we are happy to add to the more than 5,000 associates already serving customers in the state,” said Sanjay Shah, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Customer Fulfillment.

The Amazon fulfillment center comes on the heels of 425 jobs at a FedEx Ground facility that opened at Tradepoint Atlantic in July 2017. A new Under Armour e-commerce house will bring 1,000 more jobs at full capacity. The 1.3 million square foot Under Armour facility is scheduled to open in 2018.

“Tradepoint Atlantic is pleased to add Amazon to its portfolio of tenants seeking the logistical and supply chain advantages our unique industrial park can provide. It is further proof that Tradepoint Atlantic is a destination of choice for top brands seeking a 21st century multi-modal logistics platform,” said Eric Gilbert, Chief Development Officer for Tradepoint Atlantic.  

Bringing jobs back to the Point

“There are more than 17,000 jobs on the horizon when Tradepoint Atlantic is fully developed. But jobs are already coming back to the Point. By this time next year, there will be more people working at Sparrows Point than when the steel mill closed there in 2012,” added County Executive Kamenetz.

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.

Baltimore County supporting job growth

“Baltimore County continues to proactively put key pieces in place to support development of Tradepoint Atlantic,” said Kamenetz.

In October 2017, Baltimore County submitted a $25 million request to the U.S. Department of Transportation for infrastructure improvements and expansion of aging marine facilities at Tradepoint Atlantic.

The County also initiated creation of the Chesapeake Enterprise Zone, established a foreign trade zone to expand global commerce, and is facilitating employee recruitment and screening for companies locating at Tradepoint Atlantic.

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Infrastructure improvements and expansion of aging marine facilities at Tradepoint Atlantic could receive a significant boost as Baltimore County submits a $25 million grant request to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The federal Transportation Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant would be matched by a $25.5 million private investment from Tradepoint Atlantic, developer of 3,100 acres at Sparrows Point.

With funding from the TIGER grant, Tradepoint Atlantic will make structural upgrades to the East-West Berth, modernize it for efficient movement of 21st century cargo, strengthen bulkheads, perform maintenance dredging to allow deep water ships access to the marine terminal, and other necessary improvements designed to leverage existing rail and highway systems on the site.

“This public/private infrastructure investment will ignite job creation in Baltimore County and the entire region by speeding up the turnaround of Sparrows Point from a shuttered steelmaking site into a modern hub for global commerce,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

The investments in dredging, a stronger berth, and short line rail track will facilitate efficient and safe loading and unloading, reducing handling costs for shippers using the facility. 

“By partnering with Baltimore County to secure a federal grant for this key infrastructure investment, we can continue our commitment to creating a first-class facility dedicated to increasing long term job creation in the Baltimore region and lowering prices of American export and import consumer goods,” said Aaron Tomarchio, a Senior Vice President at Tradepoint Atlantic.

The project will expand the region’s bulk handling capability by restoring an obsolete regional marine asset to a state of good repair. The modernization program expands bulk cargo handling capability at Tradepoint Atlantic and does not introduce container cargo handling to the site.

If successful, the grant projects will span four years. The TIGER grant application and administration is led by the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development. The application is supported by the Maryland Department of Transportation.

“With this federal transportation grant request, Baltimore County continues to proactively put key pieces in place to support development of Tradepoint Atlantic,” said Kamenetz. Baltimore County initiated creation of the Chesapeake Enterprise Zone and established a foreign trade zone to facilitate global commerce.

Economic and Jobs Impact

A recent economic impact report projects Tradepoint Atlantic will generate 17,000 jobs in the Baltimore region, plus another 21,000 jobs during construction. Economic impact is projected to top $3 billion when development of the 3,100 acre site is completed in 2025, according to the Sage Policy Group study.

“There are more than 17,000 jobs on the horizon at full development, but jobs already are coming back to Sparrows Point from world class companies including FedEx Ground and Under Armour,” added Kamenetz.


The opening of a FedEx Ground facility at Tradepoint Atlantic brings 425 new jobs to Baltimore County. FedEx Ground and its contractors now process up to 15,000 packages per hour out of a new 307,000 square foot facility near Interstate 695 in Sparrows Point.    

“FedEx Ground was the first company to step up and see the potential of Tradepoint Atlantic as a major East Coast logistics center. These 425 jobs are a great down payment as we return thousands of jobs to the site of a former steel mill,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

FedEx Ground is directly employing approximately 275 people at the facility, with FedEx contracted service providers adding another 150 jobs.

FedEx Ground joins companies already doing business at Tradepoint Atlantic including Pasha Automotive, Harley Davidson, Lafarge, Eastern Metal Recycling and Access World. In 2018, Under Armour opens a 1.2 million square foot e-commerce distribution house which will bring 1,000 new jobs to Baltimore County when fully operational.  

“It’s exciting to see the vision of the County’s Sparrows Point Partnership becoming reality,” added Kamenetz. “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.”

A recent economic impact report projects Tradepoint Atlantic will generate 17,000 jobs in the Baltimore region, plus another 21,000 jobs during construction. Economic impact is projected to top $3 billion when development is completed in 2025, according to the Sage Policy Group study.

With 3,100 acres, Tradepoint Atlantic is one of the largest economic development projects on the East Coast. The development features a unique combination of access to deepwater berths, railroads and highways that is ideal for global distribution and advanced manufacturing. 


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017