Amazon bringing new fulfillment center, 1,000 jobs to metro Detroit

Posted at 6:09 AM, Sep 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-14 16:31:28-04

In what is Amazon's growing presence in the metro Detroit area, the company announced Thursday it is adding 1,000 new jobs at its new fulfillment center in Shelby Township.

According to the company, the site will open in 2018 with 1,000 new full-time jobs and benefits.

"Michigan hsa been a great place to do business for Amazon and we look forward to adding a new fulfillment center to better serve our customers in the region," Amazon VP of North American Operations Sanjay Shah said in a release.

The fulfillment center is expected to be around 1 million-square-feet and employees will pick, pack and ship large items like household decor, sporting equipment and gardening tools.

"Amazon's announcement to open another new fulfillment center in Michigan once again shows the company's commitment to our state and the great people who live here," Gov. Rick Snyder said. "As we continue to see an increasing convergence between the tech and manufacturing sectors, Amazon's continued investment here proves the value of Michigan's diverse, hard-working talent pool and reformed business climate."

"We are proud Amazon has made its home in Macomb," Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel added. "The economic advantage of Macomb County has aligned perfectly with the corporate growth strategy of Amazon."

Since 2016, Amazon has announced multiple facilities in the metro Detroit area, which includes three fulfillment centers and one sortation center in Romulus, Brownstown, Livonia and now Shelby Township. There is also a corporate office in Detroit.

Earlier this month, the company announce plans to open a second headquarters in North America, taking bids from cities.

Dan Gilbert and Snyder are making a case to bring the $5 billion "HQ2" to metro Detroit, with Gilbert even putting together a team to bring it here.

The HQ2 will be a full equal to the Seattle headquarters, which features nearly three dozen buildings and 24 restaurants and cafes spread otu over 8.1 million-square-feet of space.

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