“We just can’t get enough Amazon in Goodyear!” said Mayor Georgia Lord. “Amazon recognizes Goodyear as a top choice among cities in which to do business. Despite the pandemic, development in our city is thriving. The future is very bright in the city of Goodyear and we are thrilled that Amazon will contribute to our continued growth.”
This will be Amazon’s second robotics facility in the state and the only robotics facility in the metro Phoenix area. More than 1,000 full-time associates will work alongside Amazon Robotics to pick, pack and ship smaller customer items such as books, toys and kitchenware. The new four-story facility is the largest building ever built in the city – the fulfillment center’s footprint is 855,000 square feet. With four levels, the building spans more than 2.3 million square feet. That’s the size of around 40 football fields!
“We’re proud to be growing in the Phoenix metro area, where we opened our first fulfillment center in the state more than 13 years ago with just 300 full-time employees. We now have more than 17,500 full and part-time Amazon employees who call Arizona home,” said Matthew High, Regional Director, Amazon Fulfillment. “We greatly appreciate the strong, long-standing support we’ve received from local and state leaders as we continue to grow. We’re excited to create 3,000 new full- and part-time jobs across the Valley, with industry leading pay and comprehensive benefits starting on day one.”
By 2021, Amazon will be Goodyear’s largest employer with nearly 3,000 total employees. Next year, Amazon will also open a fifth Goodyear facility to support its customer fulfillment network, creating 1,000 full-time jobs in the city at that facility. This site will receive large orders of inventory and redistribute products to fulfillment centers across the company’s operations network. Goodyear is also home to a delivery station and an office team that supports fulfillment operations worldwide.
“Goodyear is where it’s at,” said Mayor Lord. “We have a highly-skilled workforce, we have the infrastructure, we have the land, and we have an incredible city. There’s a reason why we are the 14th fastest growing city in the nation according to the most recent census numbers.”
Amazon is one of several technology companies quickly moving to the city’s robust and expanding technology corridor located on Bullard Avenue near Interstate 10. The growing corridor has enhanced fiber capacity and power resources, and is bolstered by the location of nearby data centers including Compass and Vantage.
Amazon’s newest robotics facility is expected to be open by the end of 2020.