Amazon to open at Sparrows Point
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.
Amazon is bringing a local distribution center to Sparrows Point, just miles from its warehouse on Broening Highway.
Amazon will build a $225 million distribution facility at Sparrows Point.