Winnipeg – The regional government and Amazon have announced that a new delivery station is coming to Manitoba.
Amazon plans to open a new station in Winnipeg in Inchester Industrial Park, northeast of the airport.
The site is set to open in 2021.
According to the province, the new delivery station “receives and sorts parcels from other distribution centers and coordinates deliveries through local third-party service providers to homes and businesses in the Winnipeg area.”
Tushar Kumar, regional director of Amazon Last Mile Logistics operations for Amazon Canada, said the new plant will help create jobs in Winnipeg and the surrounding area.
“The new delivery station will create hundreds of full-time and part-time jobs at Winnipeg,” Kumar said.
This is great news for the city of Winnipeg and Manitoba, said Ralph Eichler, Minister of Economic Development and Training.
“Our government has worked hard to create a good business environment where companies like Amazon want to grow and create jobs,” Eichler said.
When it comes to choosing Winnipeg as a new location, Kumar said there are many factors to consider when choosing a new site, such as demand for services and workforce capacity.
“Winnipeg is definitely one of those places, so we started,” Kumar said.
Amazon plans to set up shop in the 113,000-square-foot facility. Kumar said it would be the newest building, but said it was not yet clear when it would open in 2021.
Kumar said the new delivery station will specially help people in Winnipeg and surrounding areas.
“So what we’re going to open in Winnipeg next year is looking specifically to deliver packages to our customers in and around the area,” Kumar said.
Eicher said the plant will benefit the provincial economy.
“When multinational companies like Amazon come to Winnipeg, (it) gives us confidence in what we as a government are doing,” Eichler said.