FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Amazon Logistics notified WANE 15 Thursday that it will open a delivery station in Indiana to speed up deliveries to customers in Allen County. A representative for Amazon confirmed a building near Fort Wayne International Airport will house the delivery station.

According to Amazon, delivery stations enable Amazon Logistics to “supplement capacity and flexibility to Amazon’s delivery capabilities.” The company also indicated the station will create hundreds of full time and part time jobs, paying a minimum of $15 per hour with a variety of benefits packages from day one.

Jobs listed on Amazon’s site, as of Thursday include Area Managers, Shift Assistants and a Yard Marshal. You can find those here: amazon.jobs

WANE 15 has been working to confirm Amazon’s expansion in the area since last week after seeing Fort Wayne job postings for the company.

“We are proud to partner with Amazon as they expand their footprint in Indiana,” said Mayor Tom Henry.  “The new Amazon Delivery Station will bring additional jobs, revenue and growth to our community. This is a great win for our local workforce, entrepreneurs, and our citizens.”

The announcement comes as a result of a public-private partnership between Amazon, the City of Fort Wayne and developer Great Lakes Capital. The facility was built as a shell building ready for any large company. It was the right fit for Amazon.

“We got a direct call from Amazon,” Ellen Cutter from Greater Fort Wayne, Inc. explained. “They had been looking at the Fort Wayne market. We’re excited but not all that surprised, honestly because Fort Wayne is one of the fastest growing metro areas in the midwest and when you look at our location, between Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis and Cleveland, we’re right in the middle. When you look at those last mile deliveries, it seems that Fort Wayne is a good fit for what they were looking for.”

This building on Avionics Drive, near Airport Expressway, will house Amazon beginning this fall.

“We are proud that our partnership is going to have a positive economic impact on this community, bringing new jobs and investments to Fort Wayne,” David Arnold of Great Lakes Capital said in a statement. “Our team recognizes that productive public private partnerships are critical economic and community development tools in the competitive world of business retention and attraction. We are grateful to the City of Fort Wayne for sharing our vision and for their cooperation throughout this entire process.” 

The delivery station will also offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to build their own business delivering Amazon packages, as well as independent contractors the flexibility to be their own boss and create their own schedule delivering for Amazon Flex.

“We are excited to continue investing in these entrepreneurs and adding hundreds of more new small businesses this year,” Andre Woodson told WANE 15. “Our Delivery Station will help supplement capacity for our community who need fast and efficient delivery. Currently, we have more than 150 Delivery Stations in the US that enable Amazon to speed up deliveries for customers.”

Some of the job postings refer to Amazon Fresh, the company’s home grocery delivery service. The representative for Amazon told WANE 15 the company does not comment on a ‘future roadmap.’

To learn more, visit www.logistics.amazon.com and https://flex.amazon.com/.

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