Inside Logistics

Amazon building new DC in Delaware

Centre will be built on site of demolished GM plant


May 21, 2020
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WILMINGTON, Delaware – Amazon will be opening a new distribution centre in Wilmington Delaware, on the site of the former General Motors Wilmington assembly plant. The old GM plant was closed in 2009 and demolished in 2019.

The e-commerce giant will lease a built-to-suit building that will eventually employ 1,000 full-time workers.

The facility will span more than 820,000 square feet on the ground floor. Employees at the site will work alongside robots technology to pick, pack and ship smaller customer items such as books, electronics, small household goods and toys.

In addition, Amazon will hire for roles in human resources, operations management, safety, security, finance and information technology.

Amazon’s first fulfillment centre was in Delaware, and began operations in 1997. Its second in the state opened in 2012.

The company now employs 2,500 in the state.

This is a first venture in Delaware for Dermody Properties – a developer of e-commerce and logistics real estate. “Delaware officials and regulatory agencies have been very responsive to our needs, which is paramount in projects of this magnitude,” said Jeffrey Zygler, a partner at Dermody Properties.

“Their collaborative approach and commitment allowed us to attract Amazon to our project.”