Amazon.com announced Thursday that it will occupy the entire 822,104-square-foot Inland Port XIV facility at Logistics Park Kansas City in Edgerton.
The new state-of-the-art fulfillment center will create approximately 1,000 full-time hourly positions, plus many managerial and support roles to support customer fulfillment.
Amazon already operates a 267,000-square-foot fulfillment center at Lenexa Logistics Center, a development by Block Real Estate Services LLC at 113th Street and Renner Boulevard.
“We’re excited to bring 1,000 great full-time jobs with benefits to the Kansas City region and proud to further invest in the state with this new fulfillment center,” Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations, said in a release. “We are grateful for the enthusiasm of our many state and local partners who have supported Amazon in bringing a new fulfillment center to Kansas. This has been a true team effort.”
Amazon’s new Edgerton facility, which is northeast of 196th Street and and Waverly Road, was developed by NorthPoint Development as the area’s largest industrial building built on a speculative basis, meaning before tenants are secured.
Logistics Park Kansas City is a 1,500-acre master-planned distribution and warehouse development anchored by BNSF Railway’s newest intermodal facility, which opened in late 2013.
Upon completion of the newest spec building under construction there, scheduled for June, there will be about 4.8 million square feet of new buildings at LPKC. At build-out, the park is expected to include 17 million square feet of structures.
“This is good news for Kansas,” Gov. Sam Brownback said in a release. “In addition to creating 1,000 jobs, Amazon is investing in our state, workforce and the community. The quality of the Kansas workforce and our central location in the heart of the nation contributed to their decision to locate in Logistics Park Kansas City.”
According to a recent Edgerton city staff report, the state has agree to pay for $1.8 million in road improvements south of Inland Port XIV.
Amazon employees at the new fulfillment center there will pick, pack and ship large items such as big-screen TVs and sports equipment to customers.