Amazon is coming to the Pender Commerce Park and is expected to create more than 100 full-time jobs.
According to a news release from Wilmington Business Development, a 142,000-square-foot facility is expected to be finished in 2023 and will serve a growing customer base in the Wilmington area.
Sam Blatt, Amazon’s Economic Development Manager for North Carolina, stated he's excited to continue to invest in North Carolina with a new delivery station for customers.
“The region has an excellent, growing workforce that will support the success of this important new facility," Blatt stated.
The delivery station will bring hundreds of full and part-time jobs, paying at least $15 per hour, in addition to driver opportunities for Amazon’s Delivery Service Partners and Amazon Flex drivers. Delivery Stations power the last mile of Amazon’s order process and help speed up deliveries for customers. Packages are shipped to a Delivery Station from neighboring Amazon Fulfillment and Sortation Centers, loaded into delivery vehicles and delivered to customers.
“The choice of Pender Commerce Park by this iconic global company will bring economic diversification, local tax revenues and mobile career opportunities to Pender County and beyond,” said David Piepmeyer, Chairman of the Pender County Board of Commissioners. “It’s a major win for our community and further underscores just how transformative Pender Commerce Park has been for the region’s economy.”
Amazon is the latest tenant coming to the Pender Commerce Park. Other tenants at the industrial park with more than 450 acres include Acme Smoked Fish, Empire Distributors, FedEx Freight, Coastal Beverage, Pender Commerce Partners 1 LLC and Polyhose. RL Cold, a division of RealtyLink, and Ramm Capital Partners have started work on significant industrial footprints in the park as well.
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Pender Commerce Park is located on U.S. Highway 421, just three miles from I-140 and 13 miles to the Port of Wilmington.
Scott Satterfield, Chief Executive Officer at Wilmington Business Development, stated Pender Commerce Park has gone from a dream to a reality that now includes some of the world’s most successful companies.
“Today’s announcement by Amazon keeps that momentum going, and WBD appreciates the commitment the company is making to Greater Wilmington’s economy and workforce.”
This article originally appeared on Wilmington StarNews: Amazon coming to Pender County's Commerce Park, brings jobs