Amazon fulfillment center-Elkhart

This is an artist’s rendering of the new Amazon fulfillment center in Elkhart.

ELKHART — Amazon on Thursday announced plans to expand its investment in Indiana by opening two new buildings in Elkhart County to support operations closer to customers.

The robotics fulfillment center and delivery station, both set to launch in 2023, are expected to create more than 1,000 new jobs.

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Chuck

I hope area Chambers and County leaders have learned from past mistakes of puting the cart before the horse i.e. bringing in business then trying to fill positions by encouraging people to come into the area for the jobs but forgetting they need affordable housing. The last time they leaned heavily on Social Service Agencies after the fact who were not equited to handle the excass work and finances. The United Way of Elkhart County has kicked many of those past Agencies to the curb over the last 10 yrs and they are no longer in business.

DHenke

It is a highly competitive market. Your need to know is over ridden by the ability to land this company and improve our tax base and job opportunities locally.

Joe King

"your need to know if over ridden by the ability to land this company..." Were you this flexible with Tolson? Wow...so if the community didn't want a bad company in (like the prison by the bypass) it doesn't matter if only the few in charge know. wow...

DHenke

Not sure what you are implying Joe. The Tolson is no relative example of anything. The point is, landing the company and keeping it from being exploited was the request of the company. What is more important. You knowing or the community benefitting? It was not a complete deal until the ink dried.

sidearm

How did Tolson get involved with this? They have had a sketchy past and Elkhart is investing millions of dollars in the project. Time will tell if it is a good investment or not. Now go ahead and call me a racist, it’s all you have.

fire111

Joe! JOE! Joe is in the know! OR NOT! He compares a City run department , operated with City taxpayer money to a private well known business success! As with many new arriving businesses they have asked for some tax breaks. I'm not sure if I am all that in favor of these , but that's business. Tolson returns absolutely zilch in monetary means to the City. They do however love that tax money and grants money! Buy the way Joe. That big grant money Tolson got... from business!! And taxes paid by Tolson -0-!!! Tax free Joe Where as Amazon will pay millions. Please inform on your success as an entrepreneur. Did you charge a fee or produce anything for services? Maybe yes... and NO! Who knows? Anyway! 1000 jobs @ a starting wage of $18 per hour, health insurance, including dental and eye, 401 K matching @ 50% (amounts to another $1400 yearly ) paid vaca and 5 weeks maternity leave. And the amount of supporting jobs and business will be immense! By the way Joe! I was in favor of the detention facility by the bypass! More jobs and more people feeding their families! What a concept?

Joe King

It says a lot when a company is embarrassed or ashamed to use their real name for a project….hope they plan on starting their employees higher than $18…. They are going to have a hard time filling those spots…most businesses start higher here…. Now where to find those people?

DingFod

Except you get benefits day one, 50% 401k match, a job that isn’t cyclical and has potential for advancement. A climate controlled environment, and raises come right along if you prove yourself. Nah,they won’t have a problem….but other employers will…PS Joe, Amazon doesn’t give 2 flips about your opinion. They can muscle any market they are in….

fire111

Oh c'mon Ding! $37400 to START per year. Plus up to your 6% investment to the 401 means another $1123 your employer matches. Dang Ding! That ain't no Joe King or his mentor Plugs McBlindman (Biden) type of plan! Imagine the other supporting businesses it will bring. We might even have to let more illegals into the country! Joe would be happy about that! Right Joe? You wouldn't believe this Ding! Just this afternoon I was talking with an old friend about jobs we had as teenagers. He said the first job he had... McDonalds 55 cents an hour. Mine was $2.25 per hour@ Indiana Trailer Supply. Every day after school. I made break away control for RVs and kept the hitch shop clean and unloaded semis (by hand). Some kids worked at gas stations, some grocery stores, some others in retail sales. A lot of kids worked. Today you can't get enough teens to work for $10 an hour! And adults just loved those stimulus checks.

DHenke

The company remained anonymous until all other location options were exhausted. They also had State and local agreements to manage before allowing the name to be used. Some officials foolishly announced the company name before the ink was signed thereby risking the jobs to be the first to say it. We want the business as they create opportunity for other companies to plant here based on the distribution they offer. Big win for the area.

Joe King

That is not an excuse for remaining anonymous. They could have gone through the process like every other business does. A community should have the opportunity to decide if they want to have a business that is responsible for closing several small mom and pop stores and has a reputation for poor working environments. Now that they took the cover of the box, let’s see what it really cost the community and tax payers for 1500 robots that out number the workers they employ..

fire111

Remember Joe.... this is a county government deal. There were many meetings. Were you there? I suspect it won't be long and that area will get annexed. I suspect they will be on City water and sewer! Then there is the need for emergency services. This would be in Bristol fire and EMS district. Elkhart already has annexed to CR 19 east of CR 17. That being south of the RR tracks on CR 17! Elkhart is growing by leaps and bounds. Major infrastructure needs updated! Police, fire and EMS will need to be expanded. So hold on Joe! The next 10 years is going to be amazing! Just vote Joe. Even your vote counts. Go to all those County meetings and don't forget City meetings! I can tell you this Joe! @ 4:30 AM, there is steady heavy traffic on SR 120. US 20 bypass is solid coming into Elkhart! Just vote Joe! Amazon wouldn't be investing $200 million in this new warehouse and the new shipping area by the Elkhart airport , without the avail of labor! You know what they say.... build it! They will come!

fire111

You lose AGAIN Joe! Early this AM construction started. Earth moving equipment has been sitting on C R 19 ! Just waiting to be used. UNLEASH the DOGS!!!!

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