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Two new Amazon delivery stations are coming to the region, bringing hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in investment to northwest Indiana.

Amazon announced on Wednesday that it would open facilities on Georgia Street at AmeriPlex in Crossroads Business Park in Merrillville and 2200 Memorial Parkway in Lakes of Valparaiso Business Park in Valparaiso. Both facilities are scheduled to open this year.

A delivery station opened in South Bend in February, and Amazon plans to open stations in Indianapolis and Greenfield this year as well.

“We are excited to continue investing in the state of Indiana with five new delivery stations that will enable efficient delivery for customers and create hundreds of job opportunities for the state’s talented employees,” said Jessica Pawl, spokeswoman for Amazon. “These new delivery stations represent Amazon’s unwavering commitment to safety, technological innovation, and skilled teams obsessed with delivering for our customers.”

Patrick Reardon, town manager for Merrillville, said Amazon will invest more than $ 30 million in land, buildings and equipment for the 141,000 square foot delivery station, which will be located on 35 acres in AmeriPlex. He said the project will create 300 permanent positions and 100 temporary construction jobs. According to Amazon, permanent jobs at the new delivery stations start at $ 15 an hour and offer a variety of benefits.

“The expansion of the Amazonas plant to include the (AmeriPlex Business Park) is Merrillville’s crown jewel from an economic perspective,” said Councilman Shawn Pettit. “Having a Fortune 100 company in Merrillville will upgrade the park and attract other companies to the park, which will benefit the city for decades to come.”

The addition of the Amazon facility in Valparaiso is the result of collaboration between several city officials and organizations.

“We are excited to welcome Amazon to Valparaiso. As a global leader, Amazon will be an excellent addition to our community,” said Mayor Matt Murphy. “It is very gratifying to have the facilities, the workforce and the excellent quality of life to offer companies like Amazon.”

The Valparaiso facility will be housed in an 80,000-square-foot building created through efforts by the Redevelopment Commission and the Valparaiso Economic Development Corporation, city lawyer Patrick Lyp said.

“From a city perspective, this means added value not only for residents who order from Amazon for faster delivery, but also for residents who are looking for a job,” Lyp said.

Lyp said the facility will create more than 100 jobs for Amazon and additional jobs will be open to delivery drivers.

Steve King, Merrillville’s technical administrator, said construction on the city’s project began about two months ago.

Merrillville’s boards approved the development earlier this year, but city guides were unable to disclose the company behind the initiative at the time for reasons of confidentiality.

Merrillville’s director of construction and planning, Sheila Shine, said Amazon and the city had worked well together to move the project forward.

“The collaboration and communication between the Amazon development team and the design and construction departments enabled the staff to provide information that streamlined the application process,” said Shine.

According to Reardon, economic growth has spiked at AmeriPlex Business Park and other areas of Merrillville, and the new Amazon facility will generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in new tax revenue every year.

“We look forward to hosting this great company and realizing all the potential it brings to Merrillville,” said Rick Bella, city council president.

He said packages are being sent to delivery stations by Amazon fulfillment and sorting centers for the final part of the company’s order fulfillment process.

“Each of Amazon’s new delivery stations will be designed to meet the requirements of our electric delivery vehicles,” said a statement from Amazon. “From the physical layout to the electrical design, we are optimizing these spaces to provide flexibility and scalability as we approach 10,000 electric delivery vehicles in 2022.”

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