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Amazon announces plans for new last-mile facility in Yakima

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YAKIMA, Wa.–Tuesday, May 21, 2024 –Amazon plans to expand its investment in Washington by opening a new delivery station in Yakima.

This new facility, located at 501 Keys Rd., will be approximately 90,000 square feet. Launch plans for this delivery station are in the very early stages, with renovations to the existing building scheduled to start in the coming weeks.

“This last mile facility will allow us to better serve customers in Yakima and the surrounding Yakima Valley area,” said Easton Craft, manager of economic development for Amazon. “We’re grateful for our partnership with the city and county of Yakima. We look forward to sharing more details about this facility in the future.”   

The new last-mile facility will help power the last mile of Amazon’s fulfillment process by enabling fast, everyday delivery directly to customers’ doorstep. Packages are transported to delivery stations from Amazon fulfillment and sortation centers and then employees process customer packages for last-mile delivery. Most employees in customer fulfillment and transportation earn between $17 and $28 per hour. 

“The Yakima Valley is a vibrant agricultural community with a storied history and a bright future,” said Yakima County Commissioner Amanda McKinney. I am excited to welcome Amazon and their distribution efficiencies which will complement our existing business and trade relationships. I want to thank the incredible team at the Yakima County Development Association for their proactive efforts and diligent follow-through which made this project possible.”

Since 2010, Amazon has invested $225.7 billion in Washington, including infrastructure and compensation to employees, and has created more than 90,000 direct jobs here. These investments support an additional 487,200 indirect jobs across the state, in fields like construction and professional services, and have contributed more than $205 billion to the Washington GDP, on top of the company’s direct investments. In addition, more than 10,000 independent sellers—most of which are small and medium-sized businesses—in Washington are selling to customers in Amazon’s store, creating thousands of additional jobs across the state.

“Larry Hull, owner of Keys Road Industrial Park, LLC, along with Chris Sentz and I, the real estate brokers who worked on this project, are excited to be a part of bringing a world-class company and the corresponding new jobs to the Yakima Valley,” said Scott Clark of Central Washington Properties, Inc.

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