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Amazon to Open 800,000-Square-Foot Fulfillment Center in Kansas

Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg News on March 24 announced a new Edgerton, Kansas, fulfillment center that will create about 1,000 full-time jobs and help the online giant’s speed-of-delivery goals.

The company, which will operate in an 822,104-square-foot facility in Logistics Park Kansas City, didn’t release financial details or set an opening date. Hiring for the center won’t begin until the company is closer to opening.

But state and Johnson County officials hailed the announcement as a big gain for the Kansas City area.

“This is outstanding in that a big name like Amazon, a recognizable company, really helps us to continue marketing the area to national and international companies,” said Greg Martinette, president of the Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corp.

Amazon has worked in recent months to boost delivery speed and reduce logistics costs by adding a fleet of cargo trucks and opening smaller distribution centers to handle “last-mile” deliveries to people’s homes.

The Edgerton announcement reflects the company’s other tactic — to locate its large fulfillment centers near big cities, with their heftier populations. And it’s working on the concept of drone delivery for even faster landings at customer doorsteps.

Amazon will fully occupy a building known as InlandPort XIV, which was announced in May as a speculative development by NorthPoint Development in the 1,500-acre Logistics Park. The industrial park wraps around the BNSF Railway Intermodal facility.

Amazon received incentives from the state to locate in Edgerton, but a Department of Commerce spokeswoman said it was against state policy to release incentive details until after contracts are signed. No information was available about when that might occur.

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By Diane Stafford
The Kansas City (Mo.) Star

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