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Automaker BMW to relocate Baltimore distribution hub to Tradepoint Atlantic

German automaker BMW is relocating its vehicle distribution center in the Port of Baltimore from the state-owned Dundalk Marine Terminal to Tradepoint Atlantic, scaling up its capacity in Baltimore County’s burgeoning distribution hub.

The carmaker says the move to a 75,000-square foot facility will nearly double the space the company has at its current location on Broening Highway. BMW will continue to operate at the Dundalk through September as the carrier transitions to Tradepoint.

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The new facility will handle BMW and Mini vehicles imported from Europe and Mexico and distributed to 126 dealers in the eastern and midwest regions of the United States.

Workers at the facility will perform vehicle inspections, accessory installations, repairs and maintenance. The new processing center will create about 60 additional jobs when it opens in September.

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BMW said the new center will process about 100,000 vehicles each year. That’s double the number of vehicles of the company’s initial deal with the port in March 2010.

BMW will join fellow German automaker Volkswagen at Tradepoint. Volkswagen imports about 120,000 VW, Audi, Bentley and Lamborghini vehicles through the facility each year.

“This massive new facility is the latest step forward in Tradepoint Atlantic’s ongoing transformation into a leading hub for global commerce,” Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr. said in a statement.

BMW officials called the Port of Baltimore “the number one hub for roll-on/roll-off cargo in the U.S.,” in a news release.

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BMW is the fourth new company to lease space at Tradepoint Atlantic in the last year amid the pandemic.

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