Amazon DuPont fulfillment center won't be opening until 2014

Staff writerDecember 17, 2013's new $100 million distribution warehouse in DuPont won't be open for business until next year, DuPont Mayor Michael Grayum said Tuesday.

The basic one-million-square-foot building is finished, but the internal racks and machinery still needs to be installed, said the mayor.

"The City of DuPont stands ready to help them with permits and other paperwork to get the center up and running as soon as possible," said the mayor.

The fulfillment center is the second in Pierce County. Amazon opened a 500,000-square-foot warehouse in Sumner two years ago.

The new distribution center will handle larger items such as big-screen TVs and kayaks, said the company.

The new warehouse is expected to employ several hundred workers.

Amazon announced its intention to build the center a year ago. The DuPont distribution facility is among several dozen fulfillment centers Amazon has in the U.S.

The Seattle-based company is building an extensive network of distribution centers to cut both the time and cost of delivering goods ordered from its Internet site to customers.


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