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Amazon continues to expand its logistics operation in Ohio


E-COMMERCE giant Amazon has unveiled plans to establish a package sorting "air gateway" at Wilmington Air Park that will involve retrofitting existing space at two of the buildings in the park that will cover 1.2 million square feet and 35 acres.

"We think this operation will be consequential," said executive director Dan Evers of the Clinton County Port Authority, which owns and manages the air park.

Geographically, Wilmington makes sense within Amazon's network given the facility's proximity to the busy Amazon hub at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Airport, according to Mr Evers, reported Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The e-retailer has also just announced plans to split its second headquarters over New York and northern Virginia's Crystal City. The company said it will invest US$5 billion in the headquarters that is expected to create up to 50,000 jobs that pay, on average, $150,000 apiece.

Although Ohio was not chosen for the second headquarters, Amazon is now one of the top 60 largest employers in the state where it has invested $2 billion since 2011. It announced in May plans to open its sixth Ohio fulfilment centre in west Jefferson that is expected to create 1,500 full-time jobs by the end of 2019.

The company already has fulfilment centres operating in Etna and Obetz, with new fulfilment centres earmarked for Monroe and north Randall by the end of 2018 and another one in Euclid in 2019.

Amazon is not the only company drawn to Ohio and its strength in logistics, particularly as the state has 25 universities offering logistics programmes. The list of companies investing in large local distribution operations in the Dayton area grows longer by the year, including Caterpillar Logistics, Payless Shoe Source, Crown Packaging, Heidelberg, Spectrum, Purina and Chewy Inc.

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