Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) has confirmed plans to build a 630,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Fort Wayne. The project, which had been previously referred to as “Project Mastodon,” will be the company’s 10th fulfillment center in Indiana and is expected to create nearly 1,000 full-time jobs. Amazon says the facility, to be built on a 150-acre site along U.S. 30, will be the first in the state to use advanced robotics technology.
The online retailer did not immediately disclose how much it is investing in the facility. Amazon says the jobs will pay at least $15 per hour and provide benefits for employees.
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry says Amazon’s decision to locate the fulfillment center in the city is a sign of “continued progress and momentum” for Fort Wayne.
“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,” said Henry. “Offering livable wages through employment opportunities such as this one will position individuals and families in Fort Wayne to be successful.”
Plans for the project were first announced earlier this year, however they did not name the company. Instead, city documents said the project involved a “large internet distributor.” The Fort Wayne City Council approved tax incentives for the project last month.
Amazon says the facility is expected to open in 2022.