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Old 03-19-2018, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Louisville
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https://mibiz.com/item/25648-sources...in-kent-county

This coming out of Gaines twp. Nothing confirmed by amazon or other parties involved in this proposal, but it sounds legit. There are 3 fulfillment centers either operating or in the works around the Detroit area. A location in Kent County would mean quicker access to Metro GR and the lakeshore with it's 1.4 million people, but also Kalamazoo, Lansing NW Lower MI. All said and done that's a market area of almost 3 million people.
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Old 05-16-2018, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Louisville
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Looks like this got final approval from the Gaines Twp. board over the last couple of days. Although they still haven't officially announced that its Amazon from what I can tell.
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Old 05-22-2018, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Louisville
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Michigan awards Amazon $4M to create distribution center near Grand Rapids | MLive.com

State offering $4million grant to Amazon to build this facility. This to offset recruitment concerns due to the regions tight labor market. They say this site was chosen over other states but that sounds like typical PR spin to me. Amazon's fulfillment centers work exactly like big box stores in that they offer immediate convenience to the local area. This fulfillment center puts them within 70 mile radius of over 2.8 million people and will likely also bolster service to places like Fort Wayne and South Bend. It's a bit different then say an HQ2 site being chosen where you're competing with hundreds of other cities. These things are going in every major metro.
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Old 05-22-2018, 05:30 PM
 
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Michigan awards Amazon $4M to create distribution center near Grand Rapids | MLive.com

State offering $4million grant to Amazon to build this facility. This to offset recruitment concerns due to the regions tight labor market. They say this site was chosen over other states but that sounds like typical PR spin to me. Amazon's fulfillment centers work exactly like big box stores in that they offer immediate convenience to the local area. This fulfillment center puts them within 70 mile radius of over 2.8 million people and will likely also bolster service to places like Fort Wayne and South Bend. It's a bit different then say an HQ2 site being chosen where you're competing with hundreds of other cities. These things are going in every major metro.
I highly doubt this warehouse will permanently serve any areas outside of west and northern Michigan. The logistics don’t work. Look at where Grand Rapids is on the mitten then think about the fact that stuff has to be shipped to the warehouse before it can be shipped from the warehouse and think about where most of the stuff Amazon sells comes from. The costs only work if you are going to serve only the immediate Grand Rapids area and points north and no further south than maybe around Kalamazoo. So you are just trading existing in state retail jobs for Amazon warehouse jobs and you are giving an unfair subsidy to Amazon to compete with the locals not only for business but for employees. This isn’t a new manufacturing facility or headquarters that is actually going to create more jobs than it destroys. I suspect that Amazon would have built it anyway without the subsidies if it logistically makes sense and if they didn’t it would not be any loss. They are just playing the local governments for saps which they are.
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Old 06-20-2018, 05:35 AM
 
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https://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf...on_center.html

Looks like they may break ground before summers end.
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