Amazon Inc. and UPS Inc. are expanding their footprints with distribution centers in Salt Lake City, serving the market with quicker delivery to customers.
Amazon will spend $250 million to build an 855,000-square-foot facility near Salt Lake International Airport after the Utah state government offered $5.7 million in tax incentives over eight years. The Utah Office of Economic Development said Amazon will create 1,500 full-time jobs and generate $85.5 million in wages and $28.4 million in tax revenue during that period.
“We are excited to continue growing our team with the first fulfillment center in Utah,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations. “This new facility will enable us to better serve customers and improve Prime membership benefits.”
“To a person, everyone in our city with a hand in the Amazon process committed to working directly with the company every step of the way,” said Lara Fritts, Salt Lake City’s economic development director.
UPS, which ranks No. 1 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest North American for-hire carriers, broke ground on a $275 million project to build an 840,000-square foot regional distribution center in the city as well.