Amazon to take over Pinnacle Logistics’ operations at RFD and Baltimore

By Damian Brett

pic by Dave Lindberg

Amazon will take over the ground handling operations of Pinnacle Logistics at Chicago Rockford (RFD) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall airports.

A Work Adjustment and Retraining Notification filed with the Maryland Department of Labor shows that Pinnacle is planning to close its Baltimore facility on April 14, which will affect 1,609 of its staff.

A spokesperson for Amazon told Air Cargo News that it is transitioning the facility to an Amazon-run facility and that the Pinnacle employees have been offered their same role working for the e-commerce company.

Meanwhile, local reports suggest that around 1,400 workers at Pinnacle’s operation in RFD will also transfer to Amazon.

“Amazon has been an active member of the greater Chicago area and Baltimore business communities for several years, and are excited to grow our direct employee base in the areas,” the Amazon spokesperson said.

“The hourly Pinnacle Logistics employees have been offered roles as an Amazon associate at their current location.”

In August, an affiliate of Aviation Facilities Company Management (AFCO) announced it had raised more than $36m in financing for a new air cargo facility at Baltimore.

AFCO used the funds to construct a 200,000 sq ft air cargo facility, 450,000 sq ft of aircraft parking apron, and related infrastructure at BWI.

Meanwhile, in late 2018, it was revealed that Amazon Air would expand its presence at RFD, increasing the 72,000 sq ft facility it has been working out of at the airport by an extra 120,000 sq ft.

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