SPARROWS POINT — Governor Larry Hogan, Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski, Jr., Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz and Councilman Todd Crandell (R-7) joined business officials to attend the grand opening of the new Amazon Fulfillment Center in Sparrows Point at Tradepoint Atlantic last week.

The facility employs more than 2,000 people to pick, pack and ship orders for customers to the online behemoth retailer. General Manager Tim Foley said that the first Amazon Robotics Fulfillment center in Baltimore County opened in September of 2018. The 850,000-square-foot facility in Sparrows Point holds millions of products is Amazon’s third fulfillment center in Maryland. The online retailer employs more than 5,500 people across the state.

“When Tradepoint Atlantic agreed to develop the facility, there was a stipulation that we had to complete the building before the 2018 holiday season,” said Chief Development Officer Eric Gilbert. “We had less than a year to transform this site from a former steel mill property to the beautiful facility it is today.”

The 850,000 square-feet building and employs more than 2,000 people in Sparrows Point and 5,500 people statewide. At the site, Governor Hogan was joined by Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski Jr., and officials from Amazon and Tradepoint Atlantic, who took the officials on a tour.

“With the addition of this facility, which features Amazon robotics and innovative technologies, we are bringing over 2,000 more great jobs here to Baltimore County,” said Governor Hogan. “Through state-of-the-art facilities like this one, this powerful partnership is helping to solidify Maryland’s reputation as a business-friendly environment by bringing meaningful transformative investment and thousands of good, high-paying jobs for our citizens.”

“This is a great day. Not just for Amazon and Tradepoint Atlantic, but for Baltimore County, for the Port of Baltimore, for Maryland, and for the entire region,” said Secretary Schulz. “The Hogan administration works tirelessly to make sure Maryland is a state that welcomes and supports businesses, so projects like this can put down roots, flourish, and create good jobs for our residents.”

“I remember what this site once was, in a very personal way, and to see the incredible transformation of this site is exciting. I want to thank Amazon and Tradepoint for being such great partners and moving Eastern Baltimore County, all of Baltimore County, and our state forward together. I want to commend Amazon, Tim, your team and the company for leading by example, for investing in your employees, investing in their growth and their potential, and paying them wages to allow for families sustaining growth and prosperity. We couldn’t be more excited to have you here,” Olszewski said.

“We’re so grateful for the strong local support that we have received from all the folks in this room,” Foley said as he thanked attendees and the Amazon team. He said they work “tirelessly” to provide our associates with a “fun, innovative and safe” workplace.

“I am proud of each of our associates and their commitment as we pick, pack and ship hundreds of thousands of orders each day.”

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