08 Sep Mid-Michigan’s First Amazon Fulfillment Center Coming to Delta Township
New One Million Sq. Ft. Facility to Create Over 500 Jobs in Lansing Region
On Wednesday, Amazon.com, Inc. announced plans for significant growth across Michigan. The company plans to build its first mid-Michigan non-sortable item fulfillment center in Delta Township in 2022. The new facility surpasses one million square feet at the northwest corner of Mt. Hope Hwy. and Creyts Rd. in Delta Township immediately west of Lansing. Amazon’s substantial investment will add to the robust manufacturing and distribution companies cluster in the immediate area. The fulfillment center will bring over 500 competitively paid jobs to the region, with an average starting wage of $17 per hour—more than double the federal minimum wage. Additionally, these new jobs will provide comprehensive health benefits, paid time off, up to 20 weeks of fully paid parental leave and more for employees and their families.
Amazon cited a talented workforce, welcoming community, and highly developed customer service logistics among its reasons for choosing Delta Charter Township.
“The Lansing region is a key international hub for innovation, manufacturing and distribution operations,” said Bob Trezise, president and CEO of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP). “Not only does our central location in the state offer numerous logistical advantages, but our diverse workforce and our ‘big small city’ quality of life deliver everything a company needs to operate at consistent and efficient levels. We’re thrilled Amazon shares this similar understanding and look forward to this next phase of their investment in the Lansing region.”
The Lansing tri-county region of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties is home to approximately 500,000 individuals, boasting numerous community and quality of life accolades in recent years. Notably, the Lansing region reigns number one in Michigan for labor force growth, ages 16 and up, over the last five years. City of Lansing itself claimed the national prize of #1 Best Affordable Place to Live in American in 2018, and Okemos (Meridian Township) ranked #8 Best Place to Live in America in 2019. Combining this attainable and fun quality of life with the nearby #2 technical college in the U.S. in Lansing Community College and the #1 packaging school nationwide and #1 school for supply chain talent worldwide in Michigan State University creates a potent recipe for success in a business-friendly environment.
Delta Township is at the forefront of this business-friendly environment, with over 7,000 production and transportation/warehousing employees alone working in the immediate area (Emsi, 2021).
“We welcome Amazon’s expansion in Delta Township. With an over one million square foot state-of-the-art fulfillment center and over 500 jobs coming to Delta Township this will be good for our region. We also appreciate LEAP (Lansing Economic Area Partnership) who assisted in this effort,” said Ken Fletcher, Delta Township supervisor.
LEAP is currently engaged with Amazon’s project team to discuss possible value-added workforce partnerships with Capital Area Michigan Works! and Lansing Community College’s Business & Community Institute and prepare to tackle a long-standing workforce transportation issue.
“LEAP, Delta Township and the Lansing region are hitting on all cylinders right now when it comes to economic development,” Trezise said. “We are most grateful to Amazon for selecting us over other competitive sites and we are excited to re-welcome an international leader like Amazon to our growing list of new global, diverse companies. I’d also like to recognize the full leadership of the amazing Delta Township team in putting this project together and allowing LEAP to assist.”