Ohio governor: New Amazon fulfillment center will bring 1,000 jobs to Stark County

Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 9:30 AM EDT
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CANTON, Ohio (WOIO) - The office for Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Tuesday that Amazon will be building a new fulfillment center in Canton.

The 1 million-square-foot facility is expected to open in 2022 at 2550 Columbus Road NE, which is the former home of the Skyland Pines Golf Club.

According to Amazon, Canton was selected as the location for the building because of the “talented workforce, welcoming community, and highly-developed customer service logistics.”

“Amazon has been a strong partner in Ohio, investing billions in cloud data centers, advanced distribution facilities, air service infrastructure, and more while creating over 41,000 jobs that provide healthcare and tuition assistance,” the governor said. “We look forward to working with Amazon as it continues to demonstrate its confidence in Ohio’s value proposition, premier location, and outstanding talent.”

The internet retailer has invested approximately $12 billion in Ohio between 2010 and 2020.

Approximately 1,000 new jobs will be created with the arrival of the new fulfillment center.

“This is the single largest employer we have brought to the city of Canton in many decades,” Mayor Thomas Bernabei said.

Average starting wages of $18 per hour, as well as health benefits, paid time off and parental leave, and more will be offered to prospective workers.

Nelson Collins, who lives across the street from where the center will be built, admits he’s a fan of Amazon..

“I do a lot of shopping on Amazon,” said Collins.

Collins may be a fan when it comes to receiving goods, but not when it comes to having the company as a neighbor.

“It’s going to be a hassle,” Collins told 19 News. “I would’ve preferred the golf course stayed there.

When Collins looked across the street from his house before, he used to marvel at a sea of green, admiring the beautiful landscape of the club.

But now, not much remains of that beautiful greenery, aside from a small putting green near the side of the road.

“I don’t think there’s much you can do to stop Amazon,” Collins said.

Northeast Ohio is home to several other Amazon fulfillment centers, located in North Randall, Euclid, and Akron.

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