Edmonton to get new Amazon DC

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

SEATTLE – Amazon plans a new fulfillment centre in Leduc County, creating more than 600 full-time jobs by 2020.

The one-million-square-foot customer fulfillment facility will be Amazon’s second in Alberta, where it currently employs more than 1,500 full-time associates in Rocky View County.

Once open, the new facility will be Amazon’s 11th fulfillment facility in Canada and joins Amazon’s current fulfillment centres in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario.

Associates at the more than one-million-square-foot facility will pick, pack and ship larger customer items such as outdoor equipment, patio furniture and bicycles.

“Our ability to create over 600 good-paying jobs with great benefits is thanks to the network of support we’ve received and the skilled workforce in the region,” said Glenn Sommerville, director of Amazon operations in Canada. “We’re grateful for the welcome we’ve received from government and community leaders and excited by our growth in Alberta and ability to better serve our customers.”

Amazon also offers employees access to innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, more than 16,000 employees across the globe have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

“It is an absolute pleasure to welcome Amazon to our community,” says Tanni Doblanko, mayor of Leduc County. “We couldn’t be more proud that Amazon has selected Leduc County as the location of its newest fulfillment centre in Canada. Amazon’s expansion will create well-paying, stable jobs for our citizens and help diversify and strengthen our local economy, the long-term sustainability of our region and our community-at-large.”

“We welcome Amazon’s expansion into the Edmonton Metro region,” said Don Iveson, mayor of Edmonton. “This expansion will create more local jobs and contribute to our regional economic prosperity.”

The project is being developed by ONE Properties and TD Greystone Asset Management.