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BMW to build new vehicle distribution center in Sparrows Point, will create more than 60 jobs

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Posted at 4:08 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 16:13:10-05

BALTIMORE — BMW of North America announced a new vehicle distribution center (VDC) will be built at the Tradepoint Atlantic Terminal in Sparrows Point.

It will be to meet growing demand for BMW and MINI vehicles in the region.

The 35-acre site will include a new purpose-built 75,000 sq. ft. building at 6050 Shipyard Road, in Sparrows Point, which nearly doubles the size of the company’s previous location on Broening Highway.

The location is expected to open in September and will serve as an import and distribution hub for BMW and MINI vehicles arriving from Europe and Mexico.

The new BMW VDC at the Tradepoint Atlantic Terminal will serve 126 BMW and MINI dealers in the eastern and central regions of the U.S. and have the capacity to process up to100,000 BMW and MINI vehicles annually, as market demand requires.

In addition to receiving imported vehicles and serving as a distribution hub, the site will also perform vehicle inspections, repairs (mechanical, paint and body), accessory installations, vehicle programming and vehicle maintenance.

“Tradepoint Atlantic continues to bring world-class companies to their world-class site and we couldn’t be more excited to see BMW establish an even stronger foothold in Maryland,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Our administration will continue to make increasing business at the Port of Baltimore a top priority and it is clear those efforts are paying huge dividends. This vehicle distribution center is a huge win for the state, the county, and all the hard-working Marylanders looking for strong employment opportunities just like this.”

The Tradepoint Atlantic Terminal location provides several logistical advantages, access to deep water berths, and proximity to rail and highway transportation.

“We are thrilled to see BMW doubling-down on Baltimore County, significantly expanding their distribution efforts and creating even more jobs for working families in our communities," said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “This massive new facility is the latest step forward in Tradepoint Atlantic’s ongoing transformation into a leading hub for global commerce."

The facility itself will be built on the site of a re-purposed integrated steel mill, and include an active recycling and waste management program, which both aligns with BMW Group’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and further contributes to local sustainability.

Construction on the new facility is already underway and is expected to be completed in September of this year.

The work will include a ground-up re-imaging of the space which will result in a new state-of-the-art processing center built to BMW’s specifications.

BMW will establish more than 60 full-time jobs on-site, while additional opportunities are expected to be created in related fields to support the increase of business in the area.