By Melody Simmons
April 16, 2020
Retailing giant Amazon.com is expanding in Maryland again, this time into a 1 million-square-foot warehouse at Tradepoint Atlantic.
The growth will add about 500 full-time jobs at the ongoing redevelopment of the former Sparrows Point steel mill plant in Baltimore County. The e-commerce juggernaut already operates a 855,000-square-foot fulfillment center there that opened in 2017 with more than 2,000 full-time workers.
Hiring will begin this summer and the warehouse is expected to be up and running by the holiday season, said Rachael Lighty, an Amazon spokeswoman, on Thursday.
The warehouse was developed on speculation by Tradepoint Atlantic’s economic development team over the past year and a half. The 3,250-acre Tradepoint project is an ongoing conversion of the former steel mill site into a global commerce hub in a joint venture between Redwood Capital Investments and Hilco Global.
The expansion will create Amazon’s fourth large fulfillment facility in Maryland, including an even bigger 1.15-million-square-foot warehouse facility at the Principio Business Park off of Route 40 in Cecil County that opened in 2018. The retailer also has several smaller facilities and logistics centers, including a lease for a 248,000-square-foot Class A warehouse at 5300 Holabird Ave. in Baltimore.
The new warehouse will add to Amazon’s 7,000-member workforce in the state, much of it based in Baltimore off Holabird Avenue. Workers start at $15 per hour with benefits that include medical, vision and dental insurance.