FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Project mastodon is moving towards groundbreaking, and we now know Amazon will be delivering a fulfillment center sometime next year.
Currently, Amazon has a delivery center near the Fort Wayne International Airport.
Alicia Davis with Amazon said in a statement today that part of the reason the area is so attractive is that “Indiana has been a source of exceptional talent for Amazon.”
"Amazon is employing thousands of Hoosiers and expanding growth opportunities for the city of Fort Wayne,” said Interim Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Staton. “This is great news from a global company that continues to recognize Indiana as a top destination for job creation and investment. This facility will serve countless customers across the country, further cementing Indiana's position as one of top states for doing business.”
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry says Fort Wayne is a good fit for Amazon, which makes the project beneficial for both the company and the city.
"We’re close to highway systems. We have a great airport. We’re close to waterways. I think, logistically speaking, Fort Wayne is really in a prime spot, as far as merchandise distribution."
Once completed, Amazon will look to hire at least 1,000 people, with wages starting at 15 dollars an hour, and the new facility will be the first in Indiana to use advanced robotics to help with the operation.
Helping ship smaller items like books and electronics, according to Amazon.
However, the project hasn’t been without concern. Reports of employee mistreatment in other parts of the country haven’t gone unnoticed.
City councilman Geoff Paddock says he’s spoken with colleagues in organized labor who’ve brought up those concerns, and it’s something he says council will keep an eye on.
"We always want to make sure that an employer treats their employees well and to whatever extent we can use our authority on city council, we’ll be taking a look at that."
He says ultimately, those he spoke with urged council to move forward with the project or risk losing the jobs and investment Amazon would bring.
"The bottom line here is 1,000 jobs that are really good jobs and pay well, and have good benefits."