Tim Curtis//Daily Record Business Reporter//November 8, 2017
//Daily Record Business Reporter
//November 8, 2017
Amazon will build a fulfillment center at Tradepoint Atlantic in Sparrows Point, bringing 1,500 full-time jobs to Baltimore County, officials announced Wednesday morning.
At the 855,000-square-foot facility, expected to open in 2019, Amazon orders will be picked, packed and shipped to customers.
“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.”
“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 Governor Larry Hogan. “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.”
The Maryland Department of Commerce has approved a $2 million conditional loan for the project. Additionally, Baltimore County has approved a $200,000 conditional loan to assist with development costs at the new facility. The company is also eligible for various state and local tax credits, including Maryland’s Job Creation Tax Credit.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz hailed the announcement as another job-creating move on the site of the former steel mill.
“This is what job creation looks like: a world class company investing in the region, bringing 1,500 new jobs to Baltimore County,” he said in a statement. “There are more than 17,000 jobs on the horizon when Tradepoint Atlantic is fully developed. … By this time next year, there will be more people working at Sparrows Point than when the steel mill closed there in 2012.”