Published: Wed, February 01, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Amazon To Build Air Hub At CVG

Amazon To Build Air Hub At CVG

Kentucky officials say the project means a $1.49 billion investment over several years, and the creation of 2,700 full- and part-time jobs in loading, unloading and sortation facilities.

The world's largest e-retailer plans to spend $1.49 billion to create its first worldwide air cargo hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport in Hebron, Kentucky, the company and state officials said Tuesday.

Online retail colossus Amazon on Tuesday said it will strengthen its distribution muscle, and create USA jobs, by building its first air freight hub, an investment of almost $1.5 billion.

The first branded Amazon Prime Air cargo jet made its debut in Seattle past year. According to KEDFA documents, the hub is needed to serve the growing needs of Amazon Prime air cargo planes. Amazon says it employs 6,000 people in OH, the state just across the border from the hub.

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The company plans to offer job opportunities at any Amazon site across the U.S.to those involved in the package sortation that occurs today in Wilmington. Today, 16 of those Prime Air planes are in service, with more coming online over time.

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) and the Airport Board held special meetings on Tuesday for the goal of approving the incentives.

"As we considered places for the long-term home for our air hub operations, Hebron quickly rose to the top of the list with a large, skilled workforce, centralized location with great connectivity to our nearby fulfillment locations, and an excellent quality of living for employees", Dave Clark, Amazon senior vice president of worldwide operations, said in a news release.

Amazon won $40 million in state tax incentives for the project, the Business Courier reported.

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