Amazon Canada to set up shop in Hamilton

This article, from September 10, contains details about a new Amazon fulfillment centre, expected to open near John C. Munro International Airport in 2021.

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Around 1,500 new jobs are anticipated as Amazon Canada announced a significant investment in the City of Hamilton, one of the largest “square footage” investments in the city’s history.

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A 855,000 square foot facility is to be built in Mount Hope, near the John C. Munro International Airport. A 50,000 square foot delivery centre is also planned for Stoney Creek, with the two sites bringing more than 1,500 new jobs when they’re scheduled to open in 2021, according to officials.

According to CBC News, workers at the warehouse will pack and ship small items including electronics and toys. At the delivery station, items will be loaded into vehicles before being transported to customers.

Norm Schleehahn, the City’s Director of Economic Development, said no municipal incentives were offered to Amazon, and that the site where Amazon will erect its warehouse is owned by the Panattoni Development Company, which negotiated the deal. Amazon will be its tenant.

Hamilton is home to Canada’s busiest overnight express cargo airport, the busiest port on the Canadian Great Lakes and one of the lowest rates of traffic congestion in the Greater Toronto/Hamilton Area (GTHA).  With Amazon Canada’s announcement of their intent to invest in Hamilton, this solidifies Hamilton’s position as a Canadian goods movement leader, encapsulates the type of investments targeted for the Airport Employment Growth District and illustrates investor confidence from one of the most recognizable brands and the largest e-commerce company in the world.” – Norm Schleehahn, Director, Economic Development, City of Hamilton

Schleehahn added that he is “very excited for the tax revenue that it’s going to bring to the city at a time where the city needs tax revenue”, adding a global brand like Amazon will help attract other major companies to the city.

According to a media release from the City of Hamilton, the city now has a prime opportunity to develop and promote the Airport Employment Growth District (AEGD) as a North American Gateway hub for logistics, distribution and goods movement.

The City is also looking to develop a Hamilton alliance with partners to jointly market opportunities for development and increase the awareness of Hamilton’s infrastructure strengths.

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