BMW of North America said it was building a new vehicle distribution centre (VDC) at the Tradepoint Atlantic Terminal in Baltimore, Maryland, to meet growing demand for its vehicles in the region.
The 35-acre site will include a new purpose-built 75,000 sq ft building in Sparrows Point which nearly doubles the size of the 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] group has long considered the US to be our second home and has continually invested in our business here for almost 50 years,” said Claus Eberhart, vice president, aftersales, BMW of North America. “This new, larger, vehicle distribution centre will enable us to improve the time it takes to process and distribute imported vehicles to dealers, and ultimately shorten delivery times.”
The new VDC will serve 126 dealers in the eastern and central regions of the US and have capacity to process up to 100,000 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.
BMW said the Tradepoint Atlantic Terminal location provides several logistical advantages, access to deep water berths, and proximity to rail and highway transport. The new facility will be built on the site of a repurposed integrated steel mill and include active recycling and waste management.
Construction is already under way and is expected to be completed next September.
The automaker will establish 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.
BMW currently operates VDCs in New Jersey, Maryland, Georgia, Texas, and California, serving 349 BMW and 121 Mini dealers nationwide.
Its largest car factory, located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, has been the top exporter of vehicles from the US by value for the past seven years.
For the past decade, the Port of Baltimore has been the top hub for roll-on/roll-off cargo in the US and is the second busiest in North America after the Port of Veracruz in Mexico.