Amazon plans distribution warehouse in Portland
Amazon will build its third Oregon fulfillment center in North Portland by 2018. The center at 15000 N. Lombard St. will create more than 1,000 full-time positions, the company said Monday.
Amazon is already on plans to build fulfillment centers in Troutdale and Salem. It already has a sortation center in Hillsboro and a Prime Now hub in Portland, where drivers go to load up on two hour delivery items such as groceries and gadgets.
The three fulfillment centers are expected to employ more than 3,500 full-time fulfillment associates across the state starting in 2018.
"We announced our second fulfillment center in late August and today it's exciting to announce our third fulfillment center in Oregon," said Sanjay Shah, Amazon's Vice President of North America Customer Fulfillment.
"Fulfillment centers in the state will increase speed of delivery, expand inventory selection, and provide great Prime membership benefits. We are excited to better serve customers, and create 3,500 full-time jobs in Oregon."
The project is being developed by Trammell Crow Company and Clarion Partners. The site is opposite Evraz Steel Mills, on the road to Kelley Point Park.
Associates at the one million square foot facility in Portland will pick, pack and ship larger customer items, such as sports equipment, gardening tools, and pet food.
Mayor Ted Wheeler praised the move.
"Amazon has embraced the value of our region as a great business environment, and we welcome the 1,000 quality jobs and benefits this new facility brings to Portland," said the Portland Mayor. "Portland's innovation and talented workforce are a perfect match for Amazon's cutting-edge approach to customer service and support."
Other local economic boosters added their own praise.
"Amazon's continued growth in our region is a good signal for Oregon's economic growth," said Keith Leavitt, chief commercial officer at the Port of Portland. "We're excited to work with Amazon to create more job opportunities in Portland and build on this momentum."
"Three Amazon fulfillment centers announced in three months adds to the company's already robust presence in Oregon, which includes Amazon Web Services, Prime Now, and sortation centers," said Business Oregon director Chris Harder. "Amazon could invest anywhere in the world, and they are showing over and over again that they believe Oregon is the place to build, innovate, and grow."