NAMPA – It’s official: A long-rumored fulfillment center for Amazon is expected to open in Nampa by next year.
The warehouse/distribution facility, which had been hinted at for more than year by city officials and Amazon’s development partner as “Project Bronco,” will be located at the corner of Star and Franklin roads. The e-commerce company on Oct. 10 publicly revealed its plan to move forward at the site where 1,000 people will be employed.
A construction start date wasn’t provided in the news release, nor was an estimated cost of the project.
Previous paperwork filed by Newport, California-based Panattoni Inc. Development indicated that the architect is Ware Malcomb of Irvine, California, and the general contractor is Clayco of Chicago.
Panattoni has built several Amazon facilities.
“Project Bronco” was shelved in February of this year amid rumors that the large empty lot was going to be the site of a regional Amazon distribution center.
“We’re excited to open our first customer fulfillment center in Idaho and to bring more than 1,000 full-time jobs to the city,” said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s vice president of global customer fulfillment. “Amazon is committed to creating a positive economic impact in Nampa and enhancing the customer experience throughout the region.”
The company will hire workers at a minimum starting wage of $15 an hour to work alongside Amazon Robotics to pack and ship items such as games, housewares, school supplies and toys to customers from the 650,000-square-foot facility.
“Amazon’s investment in Nampa will add job opportunities for our citizens and create a ripple effect of economic activity throughout the region,” Gov. Brad Little said. “The investment demonstrates that Idaho’s workforce and economy continue to attract the ideas and businesses that thrive in a knowledge-based economy. We are proud that Amazon chose Idaho to expand and do business.”
Nampa Mayor Debbie Kling said, “I would like to thank Amazon for choosing Nampa to locate their newest fulfillment center. Their investment in local transportation improvements and a competitive employment package represents a significant opportunity for our community. The City of Nampa will do everything we can to support the expedited construction timeline and we look forward to being part of the Amazon family.”