HEBRON, Kentucky – After four years of preparation, Amazon’s air cargo facility in northern Kentucky opened on Wednesday.
The e-commerce giant announced that the new facility, which will be built at the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), will bring thousands of jobs and billions in investment to the region and across the country: the US $ 1.5 billion -Dollar, 800,000-square-foot footwork will eventually employ 2,000 workers, officials said in a press release. According to the company, all new positions will pay at least $ 17.50 and offer a contract bonus of $ 2,000 in addition to benefits such as health insurance and parental leave.
Amazon started recruiting for the new positions in the spring.
Candace McGraw, CEO of CVG, called the impact of the aviation hub “transformational”.
“CVG is proud to be Amazon Air’s premier US air cargo hub,” said McGraw in the press release. “We have worked hard to make sure our airport is a great place to do business and we couldn’t be more delighted to be working with Amazon to have and continue to have the transformative impact this hub has on our local economy …”
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear also praised the aviation hub, which puts the state “at the center” of the mega-corporation’s sales efforts.
“In the years ahead, Amazon Air will help attract more manufacturers, service providers and technology companies to Kentucky looking to take advantage of similar benefits from our key geographic location,” said Beshear.