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Two new Amazon delivery stations are coming to the area, bringing hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in investment to northwest Indiana.
Amazon announced Wednesday that the facilities will open at Georgia Street in the AmeriPlex at Crossroads Business Park in Merrillville and at 2200 Memorial Parkway in the Valparaiso Lakes Business Park in Valparaiso. Both facilities are expected to open this year.
A delivery station opened in February in South Bend, and Amazon also plans to open stations in Indianapolis and Greenfield this year.
“We are excited to continue investing in the State of Indiana with five new delivery stations that will ensure efficient delivery to customers and create hundreds of employment opportunities for the talented workforce of the condition,” Amazon spokeswoman Jessica Pawl said. “These new delivery stations represent Amazon’s unwavering commitment to safety, technological innovation, and skilled teams who are obsessed with delivering for our customers.”
Merrillville City Manager Patrick Reardon said Amazon will invest more than $30 million in land, buildings and equipment for the 141,000-square-foot delivery station that will be located on a 35-acre parcel in AmeriPlex. He said the project will create 300 permanent positions and 100 temporary construction jobs. According to Amazon, permanent jobs at its new delivery stations will start at $15 an hour and offer a variety of benefits.
“The addition of the Amazon facility to the (AmeriPlex Business Park) is the crown jewel of the City of Merrillville from an economic development perspective,” said Councilman Shawn Pettit. “Having a Fortune 100 company located in Merrillville will enhance the park and attract other businesses to the park, which will benefit the city for decades to come.”
The addition of the Amazon facility to Valparaiso is the result of a collaboration between several city officials and organizations.
“We are very excited to welcome Amazon to Valparaiso. As a global leader, Amazon will be a great addition to our community,” said Mayor Matt Murphy. “It’s very rewarding to have the facilities, the workforce, and the great quality of life to offer companies like Amazon.”
The Valparaiso facility will be in an 80,000 square foot building created through the efforts of the Redevelopment Commission and the Valparaiso Economic Development Corporation, City Attorney Patrick Lyp said.
“From a city perspective, not only does this add value for residents ordering things from Amazon to get faster delivery, but also for residents looking for jobs,” Lyp said.
Lyp said the facility will add more than 100 jobs for Amazon and additional positions will open for delivery drivers.
Merrillville Engineering Administrator Steve King said construction on the city project began about two months ago.
Merrillville panels earlier this year approved the development, but city leaders were unable to disclose the company behind the initiative at that time due to confidentiality.
Merrillville’s director of building and planning, Sheila Shine, said Amazon and the city have worked well together to move the project forward.
“Collaboration and communication between Amazon’s development team and the planning and construction department enabled staff to provide insights that streamlined the application process,” Shine said.
Reardon said there has been an increase in economic growth in the AmeriPlex business park and other areas of Merrillville, and that Amazon’s new facility will generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in new tax revenue every year. year.
“We look forward to welcoming this incredible company and harnessing the full potential it will bring to Merrillville,” City Council Chairman Rick Bella said.
He said packages from Amazon’s fulfillment and sorting centers are sent to delivery stations for the final part of the company’s fulfillment process.
“Each of Amazon’s new delivery stations will be designed to meet the needs of our electric delivery vehicles,” Amazon said in a statement. “From physical layout to electrical design, we are optimizing these spaces to provide flexibility and scalability as we move closer to having 10,000 electric delivery vehicles on the road in 2022.”