Amazon of Seattle will open a new delivery station at 400 Sharkey Drive in Maumelle later this year, creating “dozens” of full-time and part-time jobs, according to a news release.
Delivery stations supply the last mile of the online retail giant’s order fulfillment process. Packages are transported to delivery stations from fulfillment and sortation centers, then loaded into vehicles for delivery to customers, the company said.
The Maumelle facility will be used for larger items, such as TVs and furniture.
Judy Keller, the city’s economic development director, told Arkansas Business that Amazon is renovating an existing building and will use 25,000 of its 60,000 SF.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Amazon to our community,” Maumelle Mayor Caleb Norris said in the release. “It is encouraging to see Amazon investing in Maumelle and Central Arkansas and creating employment opportunities for our citizens. We look forward to having them as a successful member of the Maumelle Industrial Park and our community.”
Keller said, “We’re excited. I think they’re a good fit for our industrial park because we’re only I-1, which is light manufacturing, so we are really a perfect location for distribution. We’re close to Interstate 40 and so, yeah, I think it’s a really good fit. I think they’ll fit in perfectly with our existing industries, and we’re looking forward to having them.”
It’s the fourth Arkansas location the company has announced.
Amazon plans to open an 825,000-SF fulfillment center at the Little Rock Port in 2021. It will employ more than 1,000 full-time workers. The company also plans to open an 85,000-SF delivery station in the former Jacuzzi plant at 12401 Interstate 30 in southwest Little Rock. The station is set to open later this year and will employ hundreds of full- and part-time workers.
Both of those projects are in addition to its 14,760-SF delivery station at 1920 N. Locust St. in North Little Rock, which opened in 2018.
The new jobs the retailer is creating in Maumelle will have a minimum starting wage of $15 an hour. Full-time employees will also receive a comprehensive benefits package.
The company has also pledged to invest more than $700 million to provide training to 100,000 U.S. employees for in-demand jobs.