FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - The long-anticipated announcement that a massive distribution center planned for western Fort Wayne will be owned and operated by Amazon came on Monday afternoon.
"Project Mastodon," as it has been coded, will be an Amazon property, set to open in 2022 and expected to employ 1,000 workers.
Jobs will pay at least $15 an hour, the company said.
While the name had not been publicly revealed earlier, the project itself has passed through several regulatory hurdles. ABC21 had previously reported that permitting firmly connected the e-commerce giant to the proposal.
Local leaders, who had agreed not to disclose the name of the company, were quick to address the announcement.
It will be the third facility built by Amazon locally in recent years.
"Amazon choosing Fort Wayne for the location of their new fulfillment center is a sign of continued progress and momentum in our City," said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry. "We wouldn't be where we are today with this significant investment without a strong partnership with Amazon and leadership from the City of Fort Wayne's Community Development Division and the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission.
"Offering livable wages through employment opportunities such as this one will position individuals and families in Fort Wayne to be successful."
The Fort Wayne facility will be Amazon’s first fulfillment center in Indiana to use innovative and advanced robotics technology and the company’s 10th fulfillment center in the Hoosier State.
An Amazon executive said the company has invested billions of dollars here in just over a decade.
“Since 2010, Amazon has invested over $11.9 billion in the state through its local fulfillment center and cloud infrastructure, research facilities, and compensation to thousands of employees in the state," said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s vice president of global customer fulfillment. "Indiana has been a source of exceptional talent for Amazon and we’re excited to continue our growth by adding additional job opportunities on top of the 20,000 current Amazon employees working across the Hoosier state.”
The new building will span more than 630,000 square feet and will be used to store, pack and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and consumer goods.
It will be located near the intersection of US 30 and Flaugh Road, across from the headquarters for Sweetwater.