August 2021 Industry Spotlight
Color Image Apparel’s Alo Yoga and BELLA+CANVAS Brands Distribution Center, Cecil County
Announced in June 2021, the expansion of the California-based clothing and apparel company Color Image’s Alo Yoga and BELLA+CANVAS brands to Cecil County is expected to create 500 jobs in the new 717,000 sf warehouse distribution center located in the town of North East. Cecil County is located approximately 45 mins. northeast of The Port of Baltimore, strategically located between Baltimore and Philadelphia and easily accessible to international airports and the Interstate 95/U.S. 40 corridor.
The customized distribution center is anticipated to begin operations this month for the two brands. Alo Yoga is a premium lifestyle fitness brand that specializes in activewear and wellness products. BELLA+CANVAS is a developer of wholesale space for blank apparel that recently launched retail operations. The Color Image Apparel brands will be partnering with Radial, a third-party logistics company, to manage the Greater Baltimore facility.
“We are pleased to welcome Alo Yogo / BELLA+CANVAS into our expanding Cecil County corporate community. Through capital investment, quality employment opportunities, and community involvement, this project will contribute to our tax base while having a positive impact in Cecil County for years to come."
- Steve Overbay, director, Cecil County Economic Development
BMW of North America Vehicle Distribution Center, Baltimore County
Announced in February 2021, BMW of North America is nearly doubling their footprint in Baltimore County with a new Vehicle Distribution Center at Tradepoint Atlantic’s 3,300-acre multimodal global logistics center featuring access to deep-water berths, rail and highway. BMW’s 35-acre site at TPA includes a new, purpose-built 75,000 sf building and the capacity to process close to 100,000 BMW and MINI vehicles each year, as market demand requires. The location is expected to open next month and will serve as an import and distribution hub for BMW and MINI vehicles arriving from Europe and Mexico.
The number of automobiles moving through the Port of Baltimore increased more than 20% in January compared to pre-pandemic figures from the prior year. The Port ranks first among the nation’s ports for volume of both autos and light trucks, and roll on/roll off heavy farm and construction machinery (Maryland Port Administration, 2021).
“This new, larger vehicle distribution center will enable us to improve the time it takes to process and distribute imported vehicles to dealers, and ultimately shorten delivery times, supporting our goal to provide the best customer experience.”
-Claus Eberhart, vice president, aftersales, BMW of North America
The Container Store, Inc. East Coast Distribution Facility, Harford County
The Container Store, Inc. occupies a 600,000 sf distribution center built and leased in 2018 at the Eastgate 95 Industrial Park in Perryman, Harford County. The warehouse for the national retailer of storage and organization items serves as the company’s East Coast distribution facility and employs approximately 150 people. The 40-year-old company has been on Fortune’s 100 “Best Companies to Work For” list for the past 19 years.
Located within one of Harford County’s two Enterprise Zones designated by the Maryland Department of Commerce, the site is approximately 30 minutes northeast of The Port of Baltimore with easy access to Interstate 95/U.S. 40 and commuter rail.