Company Name: Amazon
Location: Two locations announced: Akron and Rossford
Industry Sector: Logistics and Distribution
Company Profile: Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment By Amazon, Amazon Web Services, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.
Company Website: https://www.amazon.com/
- Type of Project: Expansion
- Number of Jobs:
- Jobs committed: 2,500 – Akron (1,500) and Rossford (1,000)
- Capital Investment: $300,000,000 (combined total)
Speed and customer service are integral to Amazon. As the company looked to better serve Midwest and Southeast customers, Amazon sought locations for two new distribution centers in order to increase efficiency and capacity. Market access was critical to where the company would place its operations.
Amazon is establishing two new Ohio fulfillment centers, one in northeast Ohio, Akron, and the other in northwest Ohio, Rossford. Combined, the two facilities will create more than 2,500 full-time jobs with comprehensive benefits and opportunities to work alongside Amazon Robotics. Each state-of-the-art fulfillment center will be more than 700,000 square feet and will be used to pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and toys. With the additional jobs, Amazon will now have more than 8,500 Amazonians employed across Ohio.
Ohio has the infrastructure and strategic location that e-commerce companies want. Home to one of the nation’s best infrastructures, Ohio was recently named a top 10 best state for business by CNBC, with much of the credit going to the state’s logistics and distribution assets.
Since 2010, Amazon has invested more than $5 billion in the state through its customer fulfillment and cloud infrastructure, and compensation to its employees. Using methodology developed by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Amazon estimates its investments in the state of Ohio have created an additional 19,000 indirect jobs on top of the company’s direct hires.
In addition to Amazon’s $15 minimum wage, the company offers full-time employees comprehensive benefits, parental leave, upskilling training and other innovative benefits.
Read Amazon’s press release here.
“Ohio has been a great place to do business, serve customers and create jobs; as a result, we are thrilled to develop two state-of-the-art fulfillment centers in Akron and Rossford. We’re excited to grow our team in the Buckeye state, which now includes more than 8,500 Amazonians, and be part of the larger Ohio community.” – Alicia Boler Davis, vice president of global customer fulfillment, Amazon
Team NEO, the Regional Growth Partnership, the city of Akron, the city of Rossford, Seefried Industrial Properties, Duke Realty, the Development Finance Authority of Summit County, the Wood County Port Authority and JobsOhio