Amazon confirmed what many have expected all along — the $100 million project along U.S. 30 West codenamed Project Mastodon will be an Amazon fulfillment center.
The site, anticipated to open in 2022, will create nearly 1,000 new, full-time jobs that pay at least $15 per hour and provide benefits to Amazon employees from their first day on the job. Amazon currently has fulfillment and sortation centers in Greenfield, Greenwood, Indianapolis, Jeffersonville, Plainfield and Whitestown.
The Fort Wayne facility will be Amazon’s first fulfillment center in Indiana to use innovative and advanced robotics technology and the company’s 10th fulfillment center in the Hoosier State. Amazon employees at the new fulfillment center — which will span more than 630,000 square feet — will pick, pack and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and consumer goods.
The project has been the source of some controversy because the developer sought tax abatements before announcing what company would go there, rankling some Fort Wayne City Council members.
However Mayor Tom Henry had nothing but praise for Amazon’s decision to locate here. “Amazon choosing Fort Wayne for the location of their new fulfillment center is a sign of continued progress and momentum in our city,” he said in a news release. “We wouldn’t be where we are today with this significant investment without a strong partnership with Amazon and leadership from the city of Fort Wayne’s Community Development Division and the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission. I also appreciate and value the approvals the project received from the Fort Wayne Plan Commission and Fort Wayne City Council.
“Offering livable wages through employment opportunities such as this one will position individuals and families in Fort Wayne to be successful.”
“We are proud to be bringing our newest Amazon Robotics facility to the city of Fort Wayne along with over 1,000 new, full-time jobs that provide great pay, benefits and a safe work environment for our employees,” said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s vice president of global customer fulfillment, in the news release. “Since 2010, Amazon has invested over $11.9 billion in the state through its local fulfillment center and cloud infrastructure, research facilities, and compensation to thousands of employees in the state. Indiana has been a source of exceptional talent for Amazon and we’re excited to continue our growth by adding additional job opportunities on top of the 20,000 current Amazon employees working across the Hoosier State.”
“Amazon is employing thousands of Hoosiers and expanding growth opportunities for the city of Fort Wayne,” said Interim Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Staton in the news release. “This is great news from a global company that continues to recognize Indiana as a top destination for job creation and investment. This facility will serve countless customers across the country, further cementing Indiana’s position as one of the top states for doing business.”
According to the news release, “On top of the company’s industry-leading $15 starting wage — whether full-time, part-time, temporary or seasonal — the company offers Amazon employees comprehensive benefits including full health insurance, such as prescription drug, dental and vision coverage. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of maternal and parental paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility to support their growing families. In addition, Amazon has pledged to invest over $700 million to provide upskilling training for 100,000 U.S. employees for in-demand jobs. The programs will help Amazon employees from all backgrounds access training to move into highly skilled roles across the company’s corporate offices, tech hubs, fulfillment centers, retail stores and transportation network, or pursue career paths outside of Amazon.
“All associates will go through hours of safety training and have access to continuing education opportunities through Amazon’s upskilling programs such as Career Choice. In this program, the company will pre-pay up to 95% of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, more than 40,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.”
Amazon in Indiana:
• Since 2010, Amazon has created more than 20,000 jobs in Indiana and invested more than $11.9 billion across the state, including infrastructure and compensation to its employees.
• Amazon’s investments have contributed more than $10.6 billion in GDP to the Indiana economy and have helped create over 16,000 indirect jobs on top of Amazon’s direct hires — from jobs in construction and logistics to professional services.
• Amazon’s fulfillment network supports millions of businesses of all sizes worldwide through its Fulfillment by Amazon offering, and many of those local organizations are based in Indiana. More than 25,000 authors, small and medium-sized businesses, and developers in Indiana are growing their companies and reaching new customers on Amazon products and services.
Amazon Logistics already opened a delivery station at 8610 Avionics Drive near the Fort Wayne International Airport, which is in a 150,000-square-foot building. Less than a month after Amazon opened that warehouse it announced plans to build a new, $60 million, 629,186-square-foot facility also out by the airport. That construction is well underway. That warehouse is located on Airport Expressway between Smith and Coverdale roads, across from Franklin Electric.
Now comes word of this new warehouse on U.S. 30 West.