The long-expected confirmation of a new Amazon fulfillment center near Wilmington came today, with the internet retail behemoth promising the creation of 1000 new full-time jobs at the site of the former General Motors Boxwood Road assembly plant.
Amazon already employs more than 2500 in Delawareans at fulfillment operations in New Castle and Middletown. The new location near Newport, which closed in 2009 and was demolished in 2019, is connected to both freight rail lines and sits minutes from I-95 via Route 141.
Amazon will lease property on the long-dormant site from Dermody Properties, which has worked with Amazon in other states.
The property has long been rumored in commercial real estate circles as a likely host for Amazon fulfillment operations, and in February it was disclosed that the Seattle-based company run by the world’s richest man was asking for several million dollars to invest in the space.
The new operations facility will span more than 820,000 square feet on the ground floor. Most of the new roles will be working alongside Amazon robotics technology to sort and pack various customer items. The company said it would also be hiring for roles in human resources, operations management, safety, security, finance and information technology, but gave no figures for those positions.
In making the announcement, Governor John Carney did not say how quickly the new jobs were expected to be filled. In a press release, Amazon listed multiple benefits provided to employees and said they had invested more than $2.5 billion in Delaware since 2010 through its customer fulfillment infrastructure and compensation its employees.
Amazon also claimed its investments in Delaware have contributed an additional $1 billion into the state’s economy and an additional 700 indirect jobs. The company says more than 6,000 authors, small and medium-sized businesses and developers in Delaware that use Amazon services to reach customers.