Amazon fulfillment center opens in Gaines Township
Nearly two years after breaking ground, e-commerce retail giant Amazon Inc. has opened its new fulfillment center in Kent County's Gaines Township, about six miles northwest of the Barry County border.
Sunday marked the first day of business at the 855,000-square-foot distribution center at the southwest corner of 68th Street and Patterson Avenue. So far, “a couple of hundred” full-time employees have been hired to work at the facility, with more hiring to come, Amazon spokesman Andre Woodson said.
Employees at the fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship items to customers like electronics, books, housewares and toys. They will receive a minimum wage of $15 per hour, Woodson said.
Amazon announced in 2018 that it would build the center in Gaines Township. State and local officials approved a series of economic incentives to encourage the retailer to build here, including a $4 million Strategic Fund Grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. as well as local and state tax breaks. The MEDC grant was to be based on the company hiring 1,000 workers at the center.
Ground was broken on fulfillment center in June 2018, and the company received its first occupancy permit approval from the township a year later.