Amazon plans to build another fulfillment center in the south metro – this time in Lakeville.
The Lakeville City Council on Monday approved a plan for a 750,000-square-foot fulfillment center at the Interstate South Logistics Park Third Addition, near Dodd Boulevard and 217th Street West.
Ryan Wilson, senior manager of economic development for Amazon, appeared remotely at the City Council meeting, saying, “We’re excited to be joining the community."
The facility in Lakeville will be used for larger items people order via Amazon, like mattresses, grills and exercise equipment, which need special storage and training for employees who will work with "innovative technologies" to pick the items off the shelves, pack them and ship them to customers.
Amazon will hire "hundreds" of people to fill full-time positions at the facility, with the minimum starting wage for all jobs at $15 an hour plus benefits, Wilson said. Positions at the center include picking/packing/shipping workers, human resources, operations management, safety, security, finance and information technology.
The location is expected to open next summer, with hiring happening prior to then, Wilson said.
It's Amazon's second fulfillment center in the south metro. The other location is in Shakopee, where employees work alongside robots in an 885,000-square-foot building to ship smaller items that are ordered on Amazon.
In total, Amazon has three fulfillment and sortation centers in Minnesota, as well as two delivery stations, one tech hub, one air hub, seven Whole Foods Market locations and one Prime Now hub, the company's website says.
Amazon says from 2010-2019 it has invested more than $2 million in Minnesota, created 3,900 indirect jobs along with the company's 4,500 full- and part-time direct hires.