Article Originally Posted On Phoenix Business Journal On March 23, 2021
E-commerce giant Amazon.com is building two new sortation centers in Arizona, one in Glendale and one in Tucson, which will each total more than 270,000 square feet.
“Every day at Amazon, incredible employees come together to deliver magical experiences for customers,” Marcus Buford, director of Amazon Operations, said in a statement. “We are excited to break ground on these new sortation centers in Arizona, where more than 25 years of Amazon’s operational expertise, technology advancements and investment in transportation infrastructure is enabling faster delivery for our community.”
The Glendale sortation center, located at Sarival Road and Glendale Avenue, will be Amazon’s first location in Glendale. Construction began in January in both Glendale and Tucson. Amazon has two other West Valley locations that are opening this year, which are a cross-dock facility in Goodyear and a delivery station in Surprise, creating more than 1,000 full-time jobs in the West Valley.
“We are honored to welcome yet another global corporation to Glendale’s new frontier,” Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers said in a statement. “Amazon’s core commitment to excellence is well known and we are so proud they picked Glendale. This location along the Loop 303 corridor provides businesses like Amazon with unique accessibility while continuing to meet customer needs.”
Sort centers receive packages from Amazon Air hubs or fulfillment centers. Packages are then sorted by zip code and transported to delivery stations or last-mile facilities to be delivered to customers.
Last year, Amazon announced 11 new facilities across the Valley, which were expected to create 3,000 new jobs. That expansion included seven delivery stations, two addition facilities to support fulfillment, a “Merch by Amazon” facility and a cross-dock facility in Phoenix.