Sparrows Point Amazon facility nears completion
The new Amazon distribution center under construction at the former Sparrows Point steel mill site will be opening soon.
Amazon and Tradepoint Atlantic officials came together to showcase the new warehouse during a hardhat tour of the facility on Aug. 21.
According to Tim Foley, general manager of the Sparrows Point Amazon center, the new warehouse will create 1,500 new fulltime jobs in the area.
“We’ve created 5,000 jobs altogether throughout Maryland with our two other fulfillment centers,” Foley added, referring to the online retailers existing distribution center on Broening Highway, which opened in 2015.
Tradepoint Atlantic’s chief development officer, Eric Gilbert, was also on hand for last week’s tour.
“We want to officially welcome Amazon to Tradepoint Atlantic,” Gilbert said, noting, “We are honored and grateful that Amazon made the decision to locate here at Sparrows Point and Eastern Baltimore County.”
“We do think it is very appropriate that Amazon decided to locate here,” he added.
According to Gilbert, the 855,000 square-foot Amazon project started 10 months ago and, despite challenges, the project is moving along better than expected — which he credited, in part, to support from the county.
“Our most important relationship is Baltimore County,” Gilbert said.
“Like any other ground field site, it usually takes a lot more than a year to complete, so, thanks to the county for seeing the vision and standing with us day in and day out and pushing this project to were it is today. It’s a big success,” he noted.
Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler also spoke during the event.
“What a gratifying experience to drive into Tradepoint and see this fantastic DCAI building,” Mohler said.
“To see the vision come to fruition is amazing,” he noted.
In his remarks, Mohler reminisced about late Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. According to Mohler, Kamenentz, who signed on to the project in the beginning, would have been proud to see how the project has progressed.
“This is a transformation project Baltimore County is proud to have been a partner of, each step of the way,” Mohler said.
For his part, Foley touted the employee benefits available to workers at Amazon, including 401k matching, stock rewards, performance-based bonuses and continual education opportunities through the Career Choice program.
According to Foley, Amazon is partnering with local schools and certification vendors to help employees get a college education.
Amazon will pay up to 95 percent of tuition cost.
Sixteen thousand Amazon associates around the world have taken advantage of the education program, Foley explained.
“We also have a classroom on-sight so workers can get off work and go straight to class,” Foley noted.
Now in its final stages of construction, the Sparrows Point facility will soon house a vast array of general merchandise items the size of a microwave or smaller.
Fully operational, the warehouse will be able to ship out one million items in a 24-hour day, Foley noted.
The new Sparrows Point Amazon fulfillment center is due to open at the end of November.
Foley giving details about packaging.
The new Amazon fulfillment center is almost complete.
TPA’s chief development officer Eric Gilbert admires new Amazon warehouse.