By Jonathan Sanders
Amazon.com recently announced it will open a new fulfillment center in Kansas City, KS. The new facility is the second large-sized fulfillment center Amazon has announced within a span of four months; it will create over 1,000 new jobs. In addition to the new fulfillment center in Wyandotte County and the upcoming facility in Edgerton, Amazon has existing Kansas facilities in Lenexa.
“Strategically located in the middle of the country, Kansas is an ideal home for businesses looking for a skilled workforce and pro-growth environment,” said Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. “The state is dedicated to attracting companies and helping them grow and create jobs. I am proud that Amazon has chosen to once again expand its footprint in the state and am confident this continued partnership will benefit all Kansans.”
“We are thrilled to continue investing in Kansas, proud of our ability to create great jobs, and most importantly, excited to better serve our customers throughout the Midwest,” said Amazon’s vice president of North American operations Akash Chauhan. “Together with the addition of the Kansas City and the Edgerton fulfillment centers, there will be 2,000 new Amazon jobs in Kansas and none of this would be have been possible without the support we’ve received from state and community leaders.”
Amazon employees at the 855,000-plus square-foot Kansas City fulfillment center will pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys.
“This is a transformative capital investment in our city. It continues the growth Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, has enjoyed for more than a decade, building on its status as a leading job creator in the state,” said Kansas City Mayor and Unified Government CEO Mark Holland. “But most significantly, it is transformative because of the quality employment opportunity Amazon will offer. Our residents will now have access to a career pathway that includes not only a job, but a chance at an education. I’m thrilled to welcome Amazon to our community.”
“The investment Amazon is making in Wyandotte County is more than an economic development success, it is also a key component to solving the employment gap” said President of Wyandotte Economic Development Council Greg Kindle. “Bringing new jobs and the opportunity for career paths to Wyandotte County is essential to growing our local economy.”
Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards, starting on day one. Amazon also offers regular full-time employees maternity and paternal leave benefits and access to innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon.
This project is a joint effort of the following partner organizations: Kansas Department of Commerce, Kansas Department of Transportation, Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Wyandotte County Economic Development, Council to WYEDC, Board of Public Utilities, Kansas Gas Service, KCK Community College, and NorthPoint Development.
KANSAS DOC AWARDS ED GRANT
The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced the recent award of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program grant to the city of Cheney, in the amount of $514,690.
The grant will be a loan to Albers Finishing & Solutions LLC. The funds will allow Albers to finance a sewer lift station, valve vaults and sewer lines. In addition to the CDBG Program grant, the company will provide $1 million in collateral, which will come in the form of state-of-the-art automated powder coating paint equipment.
The Economic Development grant from the CDBG program requires the creation of at least 15 full-time equivalent jobs within a 24 month performance period. At least 51 percent of the job creation must meet the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) low-and-moderate income test.
The CDBG Program allows Commerce to distribute federal funds to Kansas cities and counties that want to improve their communities. To receive funds, a project must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Project benefits low-and-moderate-income individuals.
- Project removes or prevents slum or blight conditions.
- Project eliminates an urgent need created by a disaster, when local funds are unavailable.
The six categories of CDBG Program funding are:
- Annual Competitive Round
- Commercial Rehabilitation
- Economic Development
- Urgent Need
- KAN STEP – Kansas Small Towns Environment Program
- Neighborhood Stabilization Program
For more information on available funding via the Community Development Block Grant Program visit KansasCommerce.com/cdbg.