Amazon Takes Over Kansas City Area’s Largest Industrial Spec Building in Edgerton, KS

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) has announced plans to open a state-of-the-art fulfillment center at Logistics Park Kansas City in Edgerton, KS.

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Supported by a Kansas economic development grant for infrastructure improvements, and assistance from the Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corp, Amazon will occupy the entire 822,104-square-foot Inland Port XIV facility at Logistics Park Kansas City.

Amazon expects to create approximately 1,000 full-time hourly positions here, plus many managerial and support roles to support customer fulfillment. Employees at this fulfillment center will be picking, packing and shipping large items such as big-screen televisions, sports equipment and kayaks.

This will be Amazon’s second fulfillment center in Kansas, adding to the company’s existing 267,000-square-foot fulfillment center at the Lenexa Logistics Center in Lenexa, KS.

Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations, said in a statement that “We’re excited to bring 1,000 great full-time jobs with benefits to the Kansas City region and proud to further invest in the state with this new fulfillment center.”

Governor Sam Brownback said in the release that this is good news for Kansas. “In addition to creating 1,000 jobs, Amazon is investing in our state, workforce and the community,” said Gov. Brownback. “The quality of the Kansas workforce and our central location in the heart of the nation contributed to their decision to locate in Logistics Park Kansas City.”

Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corp.’s Greg Martinette likewise noted that “Our residents along with our central location, squarely in the middle of the country, have given us this opportunity to partner with one of America’s best corporations.”

The state has reportedly agreed to spend up to $1.8 million for road improvements south of Inland Port XIV.

Logistics Park Kansas City is a 1,500-acre master-planned distribution and warehouse development anchored by BNSF Railway’s intermodal facility. Inland Port XIV at LPKC was developed by NorthPoint Development as the area’s largest industrial spec building.

Including a new industrial spec building currently under construction, there will be about 4.8 million square feet of new buildings at LPKC. Upon full build-out, LPKC is expected to include 17 million square feet of structures.

Edgerton Mayor Donald Roberts said that the City of Edgerton is pleased that Amazon has chosen a site at Logistics Park Kansas City, and added that “Amazon’s innovative new facility and quality job creation supports and validates the City’s continued efforts of creating global routes with local roots.”

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