Amazon plans to add 5 sites, create 2,000 jobs in Metro Detroit
Amazon.com Inc. announced Monday that the online retail giant will expand in Metro Detroit with five new locations that are expected to create more than 2,000 jobs.
Locations include fulfillment centers in Detroit, Hazel Park, Pontiac, and Huron Township, as well as a sorting center in Plymouth, according to Amazon.
The facilities will create full- and part-time jobs with an hourly wage of at least $ 15 and comprehensive benefits, the company said on Monday.
“We are grateful for the strong support we have received from local and state executives as we expanded our presence across Michigan,” said Alicia Boler Davis, vice president, global customer fulfillment, Amazon.
“We look forward to creating more than 2,000 good jobs in Metro Detroit and making a positive contribution to the community.”
Amazon plans to open an 823,000 square foot fulfillment center in Detroit, which will create 1,200 new full-time jobs when it launches this year, company officials said in a statement.
The facility “would be the fourth fulfillment center in the state that Amazon Robotics is using to help employees pick, pack, and ship smaller items to customers,” said Amazon.
The announcement comes more than two months after the appeals court overturned an injunction that halted Detroit’s $ 16 million sale of the former Michigan State Fairgrounds website to Amazon.
Last fall, Detroit City Council approved the sale of the exhibition site to real estate developers and investors Hillwood Investment Properties and Sterling Group, who were planning to build an Amazon fulfillment center. Officials said more than $ 400 million should be invested, officials said when the potential sale was announced in August.
“We’re thrilled that Amazon has selected Detroit to be one of the largest fulfillment centers in Michigan,” said Mike Duggan, Detroit Mayor, in a statement. “Amazon has been a great partner and its main delivery will be the 3,000 construction jobs, 1,200 permanent jobs and new small business opportunities that this new facility will bring to our city.”
In addition to Detroit, the new locations include:
►A same day fulfillment center in Hazel Park
►A fulfillment and sorting center “XLFC” in Huron Township
►A sorting center in Plymouth
►A robotics fulfillment center in Pontiac
The Huron Township Deal is driving development at Pinnacle Park. an enclosed racecourse “that will create approximately 1,000 new jobs for local residents while expanding our tax base,” said Warren Evans, Wayne County executive.
“When I took office, it was very important to me to use the land more productively, which made sense for the location. Working with community leaders in Huron and Detroit Aerotropolis, my team identified a new approach to the site that was both economical and in line with the community’s vision. ”
Huron Township Supervisor David Glaab also praised the move.
“This Amazon project will serve to fuel additional economic growth that is a much broader, mixed-use development planned for this area,” he said.
Amazon operates 10 regional customer fulfillment and delivery locations, including four facilities launched last year.
Amazon said it has created more than 13,500 jobs in Michigan since 2010 and invested more than $ 2.5 billion across the state, including infrastructure and compensation for its employees.