Ama­zon to open at Spar­rows Point

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By NI­COLE RODMAN nrod­man@ches­pub.com

Ama­zon is com­ing to Spar­rows Point.

The on­line re­tail gi­ant has of­fi­cially an­nounced plans to build an 855,000 square-foot ful­fill­ment cen­ter at the for­mer steel mill site, now dubbed Trade­point At­lantic.

The $225 mil­lion fa­cil­ity, to be lo­cated at 1700 Spar­rows Point Boule­vard, is ex­pected to bring 1,500 new full-time jobs to the area. Em­ploy­ees will se­lect, pack and ship items to cus­tomers or­der­ing from Ama­zon’s web­site.

The Spar­rows Point fa­cil­ity will be Ama­zon’s fourth ful­fill­ment cen­ter in the state, in­clud­ing the com­pany’s Broen­ing High­way cen­ter which opened in 2015.

News of the new cen­ter was lauded by Ama­zon and Trade­point of­fi­cials, as well as elected of­fi­cials both state and lo­cal.

“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, said San­jay Shah, Ama­zon’s vice pres­i­dent of North Amer­ica Cus­tomer Ful­fill­ment. “Mary­land has an in­cred­i­ble work­force, and we are happy to add to the more than 5,000 as­so­ci­ates al­ready serv­ing cus­tomers in the state.”

Eric Gil­bert, chief de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer for Trade­point At­lantic, echoed this sen­ti­ment.

“We are very pleased to wel­come Ama­zon as our new­est ten­ant,” Gil­bert stated, adding, “Ama­zon’s de­ci­sion to lo­cate its state-of-the-art ful­fill­ment cen­ter at Trade­point At­lantic serves as fur­ther val­i­da­tion of the unique lo­gis­ti­cal ad­van­tages we of­fer and fur­ther es­tab­lishes our lo­ca­tion as a top des­ti­na­tion

for users seek­ing a best-in­class multi-modal lo­gis­tics plat­form.”

He con­tin­ued, “Trade­point also thanks our pub­lic part­ners at Bal­ti­more County and the state of Mary­land for their sup­port in se­cur­ing this ma­jor new in­vest­ment and job cre­ator for the re­gion.”

“Ama­zon’s de­ci­sion to open a fourth fa­cil­ity in our state is tremen­dous news for this lo­cal com­mu­nity and for Mary­land as a whole,” said Gov. Larry Ho­gan (R), not­ing, “Suc­cess­fully de­liv­er­ing this project and these 1,500 new jobs has been a top pri­or­ity of our ad­min­is­tra­tion and an­other ex­am­ple of how Mary­land is — and will con­tinue to be — open for busi­ness.”

Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Kamenetz (D) also lauded Ama­zon’s an­nounce­ment, not­ing, “This is what job cre­ation looks like: a world-class com­pany in­vest­ing in the re­gion, bring­ing 1,500 new jobs to Bal­ti­more County.”

He added, “We are pleased to wel­come Ama­zon to the grow­ing list of com­pa­nies with a Trade­point At­lantic ad­dress.”

The news of Ama­zon’s new­est dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter at Spar­rows Point comes just weeks af­ter the Bal­ti­more County Coun­cil passed a res­o­lu­tion en­dors­ing the Mary­land Depart­ment of Com­merce’s plan to of­fer a $2 mil­lion con­di­tional loan to the tech gi­ant.

In ad­di­tion to the $2 mil­lion from the state, Bal­ti­more County will be pro­vid­ing a $200,000 con­di­tional loan to go to­ward de­vel­op­ment of the new dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter. Ama­zon can also take ad­van­tage of var­i­ous tax cred­its at the state and lo­cal level.

Ama­zon will join other cur­rent or an­nounced ten­ants at the 3,100-acre Trade­point site, in­clud­ing FedEx, Un­der Ar­mour, Pasha Au­to­mo­tive, Harley David­son, Ac­cess World and At­lantic For­est Prod­ucts, among oth­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to Kamenetz, Trade­point At­lantic is ex­pected to bring more than 17,000 jobs to the for­mer steel mill site once de­vel­op­ment is com­plete. There were 2,500 em­ploy­ees on­site when the steel mill closed in 2012. Trade­point of­fi­cials ex­pect to sur­pass that num­ber by the end of next year.

FILE PHOTO

Ama­zon is bring­ing a lo­cal dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter to Spar­rows Point, just miles from its ware­house on Broen­ing High­way.

FILE PHOTO

Ama­zon will build a $225 mil­lion dis­tri­bu­tion fa­cil­ity at Spar­rows Point.

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