– As a further endorsement of Michigan’s prime logistical assets and strategic
location to the Midwest and Canadian consumer markets, Amazon.com Services,
Inc. will invest $150 million in a fulfilment center in Gaines Township, Kent
County. The Michigan Strategic Fund approved today a $4-million Michigan
Business Performance program grant to support the online giant’s latest
investment in the state.
ongoing investment in Michigan reflects the state’s prime supply chain assets,
and as a Midwest distribution center for internet-based businesses,” said Jeff
Mason, CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which administers
business attraction and job-creation programs along with conducts due diligence
on behalf of the Michigan Strategic Fund.
completed, the sprawling sortation and fulfilment center on a 100-acre site
will have up to 1,000 full-time jobs with benefits, and offer employees
95-percent reimbursement on the cost of college tuition. Amazon will
lease the newly constructed state-of-the-art, build-to-suit fulfillment center
on land owned by Steelcase, a Grand Rapids-based furniture maker. A third-party
developer will build the center.
“A project of
this size will likely attract more growth and capital, and consequently, there
will be a range of business investment,” said Mason. “The state’s success comes
from the coordination with our regional economic partners, and an understanding
of how the state’s logistical assets can support a global enterprise like
in western Michigan comes after the internet-based retailer established three
fulfilment centers in metro Detroit during the last 18 months. Since December
2016, Amazon has invested in centers in Livonia, Romulus, and Shelby Township.
With the additional investment at the Gaines Charter Township site, Amazon’s
total private investment in Michigan stands at $420 million with the commitment
to create 4,925 jobs.
Place is pleased to work on the proposed Gaines Township Amazon fulfillment
center,” said Birgit Klohs, president/CEO, The Right Place, Inc., a non-profit
economic development organization that spearheads business growth in West
Michigan. “This critical approval from the MEDC brings this project one step
closer to reality.”
The site in
western Michigan was selected over competing sites in the Midwest.
Township is providing a 50-percent property tax abatement in support of the
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