CANTON, Ohio — More than 1,000 new jobs are coming to Stark County as Amazon continues to widen its footprint in Northeast Ohio.
The retail giant on Tuesday announced it plans to build a one million-square-foot fulfillment center in Canton that's set to open sometime next year. The news was made official by both the company and by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, as well as Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and Canton Mayor Thomas M. Bernabei.
DeWine issued the following statement:
"Amazon has been a strong partner in Ohio, investing billions in cloud data centers, advanced distribution facilities, air service infrastructure, and more while creating over 41,000 jobs that provide healthcare and tuition assistance. We look forward to working with Amazon as it continues to demonstrate its confidence in Ohio's value proposition, premier location, and outstanding talent."
According to officials, the new jobs will have an average starting wage of $18 per hour while also providing comprehensive health benefits, paid time off, parental leave, and more for employees. Over the course of the last decade, Amazon has invested over $12 billion in Ohio while creating more than 41,000 jobs in the state.
In Northeast Ohio alone, there are already multi-state fulfillment centers in North Randall, Euclid, and Akron.
"We’re excited to be expanding our network to better serve our customers in Northeast Ohio," Travis Dorion, regional director of operations at Amazon said. "We're grateful for the continued support we've received from state and local leaders as we bring 1,000 good jobs to Canton and contribute to the community through sustainability initiatives and philanthropic partnerships."
The new center will be located at 3550 Columbus Road Northeast in Canton, the site where Skyland Pines Golf Club once sat. The course closed for good last month after being sold to develop the new fulfillment center.