Online-shopping giant, Amazon, broke ground yesterday for its fifth fulfillment center in the state of Kansas. The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas said the center, measuring more than 855,000 square-feet on 190 acres, “will create at least 1,500 new jobs in KCK. “
Gary Guo, Regional VP for Amazon, said the company’s goal is to have the fulfillment center open by the holiday season in 2017.
Kansas Senator, Sam Brownback, who was on hand for the event, said, “It’s a great day for us and it’s a great day for Amazon.” Noting that Kansas is a state of innovation, he also said, “We want to be on that cutting edge of innovation and Amazon is that company that does that cutting edge innovation.”
Describing some of the technology planned for the center, Amazon’s Guo said, “The facility will host amazon robotic technologists,” he said, “which more than 1-thousand associates will work with on a regular basis to fulfill our customer orders.”
The site of the new Amazon fulfillment center is at Riverview and Turner Diagonal.