ANNAPOLIS — Governor Larry Hogan today joined Amazon executives and state and local officials to celebrate the opening and tour the new, 1.15-million-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center in North East, Maryland. The Cecil County center, announced in January 2017, is the third Amazon facility in the state and today has more than 1,000 full-time employees from Cecil County and the surrounding area. In total, Amazon employs more than 5,000 workers across the state, and a fourth facility, under construction in Baltimore County at Tradepoint Atlantic, is expected to add another 1,500 jobs.
“For Maryland, Amazon means meaningful, transformative investment, and it means thousands of good, high-paying jobs,” said Governor Hogan. “This exciting new distribution center in Cecil County is already exceeding expectations. When Amazon told us they planned to hire 700 employees here, we were thrilled, but within a month of opening, they had already hired more than 1,100 employees.”
Also present at the event were Piyush Bajpai, the center’s general manager; Congressman Andy Harris; and Cecil County Executive Dr. Alan McCarthy. Guests were invited to tour the facility, which began operations in September 2017.
In addition to supporting area jobs, the North East fulfillment center is eco-friendly, utilizing sustainable, high-end technology and zero-emissions vehicles to pick orders. The building also features a solar rooftop – one of 14 Amazon fulfillment in the country with a solar energy system – with the capacity to generate over 33 megawatts (MW) of power. Amazon additionally has set a goal to host solar energy systems at 50 fulfillment network buildings by 2020.