It is official: Amazon, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to open a 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in DuPont, Washington, creating hundreds of full-time jobs with benefits at the new site. The expected investment in the project will exceed $100 million. Amazon currently has 40 fulfillment centers in the U.S., including one in Sumner, Washington.
“We are proud that Amazon calls Washington home and has decided to expand further in our state. Amazon exemplifies our culture of innovation and global perspective,” said Governor Chris Gregoire. “I congratulate Amazon on its ongoing success, and we look forward to working together to support the company’s continued prosperity and growth. I’m pleased that joining with our local partners and Amazon, we were able to bring this significant investment and hundreds of good jobs to Pierce County.”
“We are excited to welcome Amazon as the newest member of our community,” said Mayor Michael Grayum of DuPont. “We are focused on attracting new businesses, creating quality jobs and strengthening economic growth. Amazon will be a great addition to the other prominent businesses that call DuPont home.“
At the facility, Amazon employees will pick, pack and ship larger items to customers—anything from canoes to televisions, for example. Amazon fulfillment center jobs pay on average 30 percent more than traditional retail jobs and that doesn’t even include the stock grants that full-time employees receive, which over the past five years have added an average of 9 percent to base pay annually. Amazon offers full-time benefits including healthcare. The company also has a robust military recruiting program and recently committed to hire at least 1,200 veterans in the coming year. DuPont is neighbors with Joint Base Lewis-McChord, one of the largest military installation on the west coast of the United States.
“We are excited to increase our presence in the state of Washington with this new fulfillment center,” said Dave Clark, vice president of Amazon global customer fulfillment. “We appreciate the state and local leaders who have helped us make this site in DuPont a reality.”
Duke Realty, a commercial real estate developer based out of Indiana, is building the project with Amazon planning to take occupancy in the fall of 2013. Duke Reality recently paid $26.1 million for 92 acres located north of Center Drive and west of Intel’s DuPont campus. Duke Realty was involved with building a 1-million-square-foot distribution facility for Amazon in Middletown, Delaware and Phoenix, Arizona.
Amazon.com, Inc. is a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, and opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. It is the world’s largest internet retailer.
Shortly after the announcement, the City of DuPont released copies of updated building and grading permits and two non disclosure agreements associated with the project. One non disclosure agreement was signed by the State of Washington Department of Commerce under which the City was a “covered party”. The second one, provided by Amazon, the city did not sign.