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Amazon Plans New Fulfillment Center in Canada


Amazon logoAmazon is opening a new fulfillment center in Canada. The 600,000 square-foot warehouse in the Calgary area is the first in Alberta and will fulfill items “ranging from aviator sunglasses to zebra costumes.” It joins 6 other fulfillment centers in Canada that are located in British Columbia and Ontario. Amazon noted that it employs more than 4,400 employees in total throughout Canada working at corporate offices, development centers, and other facilities.

Press release follows:

Amazon today announced plans to open its seventh Canadian fulfillment centre to be located in the greater Calgary region’s Rocky View community. The 600,000 square foot customer fulfillment facility located in Nose Creek Business Park, Amazon’s first in Alberta, will create more than 750 new full-time associate roles – joining Amazon’s current and growing workforce of 2,000-plus full-time fulfillment employees across the country. In total, Amazon employs more than 4,400 employees throughout Canada working at corporate offices, development centers, and other facilities.

The new facility will join Amazon’s network of current fulfillment centres located in Ontario: Brampton, Mississauga, and Milton, and British Columbia: Delta and New Westminster. Associates at this facility will pick, pack, and ship items ranging from aviator sunglasses to zebra costumes.

“We are excited to continue our growth in Canada and especially in the greater Calgary community where we’ve already received great community support,” said Glenn Sommerville, Director of Amazon Operations in Canada. “Our ability to create more than 750 good-paying jobs with great benefits is the result of our dedicated workforce across the country who continue to raise the bar on operational excellence and customer obsession. Customers have seen the great work they do and we couldn’t be prouder of our ability to grow in Canada.”

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said, “We are pleased Amazon has chosen to grow and create jobs in the Calgary region. As we look for our economy to recover and diversify, companies like Amazon will play a strong role in positioning Alberta as a national leader in industry and innovation. The creation of 750 full-time good-paying, stable, and long-term jobs is significant. I’d like to congratulate Amazon on its success and thank the company for investing here in Alberta.”

Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development said, “When our government commits to job creation for the middle-class, this is what it looks like! We know that global companies see Canada as a strong place to invest because of our talented and skilled workforce. We’re working with businesses to leverage strong investments and create well-paying, middle-class jobs. Congratulations to Amazon on this exciting new expansion and the creation of 750 jobs in Calgary.”

“Amazon’s investment in Rocky View County reinforces our role as leader in hosting warehousing, distribution centres, and logistical facilities,” said Rocky View County Reeve Greg Boehlke. “Amazon’s fulfillment centre will serve as an economic driver for the entire region, and we’re delighted to welcome Amazon to Rocky View County.”

Amazon is partnering with QuadReal Property Group on the development and management of the fulfillment centre. For more information about QuadReal visit www.quadreal.com.

SOURCE: Amazon Press Release

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