Governor Larry Hogan joined officials from Tradepoint Atlantic to announce that FedEx Ground will open a 300,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art distribution facility at Tradepoint Atlantic's new global logistics center at Sparrows Point in Baltimore County.
The small-package ground delivery unit of FedEx Corp., FedEx Ground will become the first global company to establish operations at the massive Tradepoint Atlantic project, initially creating 150 jobs. Formerly the Bethlehem Steel manufacturing plant, Tradepoint Atlantic is being developed on the 3,100-acre site and is expected to create thousands of jobs in the coming years.
"With FedEx as the first tenant at Tradepoint Atlantic, we mark an important first step in a vision that will be an incredible economic generator for the state of Maryland," said Governor Hogan. "The entire focus of our administration is to grow the private sector, put people back to work, and turn Maryland's economy around. Exciting new ventures like Tradepoint Atlantic – and FedEx's new location here – are helping to make that vision a reality."
"As evidenced by our record holiday shipping season, our company is growing," said Kevin Koken, vice president of Eastern region operations for FedEx Ground. "This new facility will help us meet the increasing demand for our services, which is largely fueled by the surge in e-commerce – not only during the holiday season, but throughout the year."
The FedEx Ground facility is scheduled to open in August 2017 and is part of the company's ongoing nationwide network expansion plan that has resulted in the addition of 11 major hubs and the expansion of 500 other facilities since 2005.
The new distribution facility will join two existing FedEx Ground stations in White Marsh and Halethorpe, enabling the company to continue to meet and exceed customer demands in the Baltimore area. At opening, the facility is expected to employ about 150 combined full- and part-time employees, with further workforce additions planned as necessary to support increased demand for service in the area.