Amazon announced on Jan. 6 that it will open another large facility in Boise. The 250,000-square-foot facility will be Amazon’s first sort center in Idaho. The location will be at the Boise Gateway Industrial Park, south of the Boise Airport at the intersection of S. Eisenman Road and Freight Street.
The sort center will open later this year. Amazon intends to hire about 1,000 new full- and part-time employees, who will sort and ship customer orders. The company will also fill additional positions in operations management, human resources and facilities management.
Once completed, the sort center will be the sixth Amazon facility in the Boise region. In Meridian, the D2C retailer already operates a specialty large-package sort-and-delivery center. It is also building a third Treasure Valley “last mile” delivery station at Ten Mile and Franklin Roads. It also has delivery stations in Nampa and Boise, and a mammoth robot-powered fulfillment center in Nampa.
Sort centers fall in the “middle mile” of Amazon’s logistics chain, sorting and transporting packages between Amazon sites and “last mile” delivery for customers. Packages are shipped to the sort center from Amazon’s fulfillment centers, which include the company’s robotic fulfillment center in Nampa.
“Amazon leverages its scale for good and makes investments to support communities,” said Marcus Buford, regional director of Amazon sort center operations. “Our growth in the Treasure Valley is the result of an outstanding workforce, strong local support and incredible customers. We are proud to be adding new jobs to the more than 3,000 Amazonians already working in the state.”
With the addition of the Boise sort center and the Meridian delivery station, Amazon will be one of the largest employers in Idaho.
Amazon has over 100 sort centers in the U.S. that sort packages from fulfillment centers by zip code prior to last-mile delivery.