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Amazon to Open Two 700,000 SF Fulfillment Centers in Ohio

This image shows the inside of a typical Amazon fulfillment center. The Seattle-based e-commerce giant will increase its footprint in Ohio by about 1.4 million square feet when it opens its two newest centers.

AKRON AND ROSSFORD, OHIO — Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) will open two fulfillment centers in Ohio in a move that will bring more than 2,500 new jobs to the northern part of the state.

The properties, each of which will span more than 700,000 square feet, will be located in Akron and Rossford, the latter being a suburb of Toledo. The developments will be the e-commerce giant’s seventh and eighth industrial assets in Ohio, and will be used to sort, pack and ship various items to customers in the region.

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the Akron facility will be developed at the site of the former Rolling Acres mall, which was recently foreclosed upon and demolished. Construction is scheduled to begin in September, the paper reports. Amazon did not disclose additional timelines for the openings of the centers.

“Ohio has been a great place to do business, serve customers and create jobs,” says Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s vice president of global customer fulfillment. “We’re excited to grow our team in the Buckeye state, which now includes more than 8,500 Amazonians.”

“Amazon continues to demonstrate confidence in the great workforce and e-commerce business climate we have in Ohio,” adds Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.

The projects are being developed in partnership with Seefried Industrial Properties, Duke Realty, the Development Finance Authority of Summit County and the Wood County Port Authority.

Since 2010, Amazon has invested more than $5 billion in its Ohio operations, and the company claims it has created 19,000 indirect jobs in addition to direct hires. The company’s stock price opened at $1,971.14 per share on Monday, July 22, up from $1,812.21 per share a year ago.

Taylor Williams

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