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WELCOME AMAZON

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release
September 9, 2020

City welcomes Amazon Canada to Hamilton

HAMILTON, ON – Today, Amazon Canada announced their intent to create a fulfilment centre and delivery station in Hamilton. The fulfilment centre represents one of the largest local investments in terms of square footage in the City’s history. These private investments in Hamilton’s goods movement sector will bring over 1,500 new jobs when the facilities are scheduled to open in 2021.

Amazon Canada’s plans include a new 855,000 square foot fulfillment centre to be located in Mount Hope adjacent to John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. Employees at this location will work alongside Amazon robotics to pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and toys. In addition, a new 50,000 square foot delivery station in Stoney Creek will power the last mile of Amazon’s order fulfillment process. Packages are transported to these delivery stations from Amazon fulfillment and sortation centres, and then loaded into vehicles for delivery to customers.

With a renewed focus on air cargo/transportation, the City of Hamilton now has a prime opportunity to develop and promote the Airport Employment Growth District (AEGD) as a North American Gateway hub for logistics, distribution and goods movement, and to develop a Hamilton alliance with partners to jointly market opportunities for development and increase the awareness of Hamilton’s infrastructure strengths.

Quotes:

“Thank you, Amazon Canada, for investing in our community. Today’s announcement signals to the world that Hamilton remains the top destination in Ontario to grow, innovate and do business. I am pleased that this significant investment will create 1,500 full-time jobs for the people of Hamilton. This is the beginning of a strong partnership with Amazon Canada and I look forward to our continued collaboration in the future.”

Mayor Fred Eisenberger

“Hamilton is home to Canada’s busiest overnight express cargo airport, the busiest port on the Canadian Great Lakes and one of the lowest rates of traffic congestion in the Greater Toronto/Hamilton Area (GTHA).  With Amazon Canada’s announcement of their intent to invest in Hamilton, this solidifies Hamilton’s position as a Canadian goods movement leader, encapsulates the type of investments targeted for the Airport Employment Growth District and illustrates investor confidence from one of the most recognizable brands and the largest e-commerce company in the world.”

Norm Schleehahn, Director, Economic Development,

City of Hamilton

“We are thrilled to be the key player in bringing this investment to Hamilton. Panattoni Development Company started developing in Hamilton because we believe in this City’s growth potential, we believe in Hamilton’s people and we believe in the plan for the Airport Employment Growth District”.

Adam Lambros, Development Manager,

Panattoni Development Company

Quick Facts

  • Hamilton’s AEGD is a planned development area of 551 net developable hectares of employment land designated to provide for a major business park development to integrate with and complement John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, a key area of focus for Hamilton’s Economic Development Action Plan.
  • John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport is ranked the fastest growing in North America
  • This will be Amazon’s ninth facility in Ontario and its 15th fulfillment centre in Canada.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Allison Jones
Senior Communications Officer
City of Hamilton
905-517-5789
Allison.Jones@hamilton.ca

Michael Marini
Coordinator, Marketing
Economic Development Division, City of Hamilton
905-546-2424 ext. 1781
905-977-0883 (cell)
Michael.Marini@hamilton.ca

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