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Amazon fulfillment center bound for Thornton

City, company announce 2.4-million-square-foot center due by 2018


Work on a new 2.4-million-square-foot Amazon fulfillment and robotics sorting facility in Thornton should begin this month with a planned August 2018 opening.

The new facility should bring in an estimated 1,500 jobs, with more expected during the holidays, according to a City of Thornton news release. It’s planned to be built on 80 acres at the northeast corner of Interstate 25 and 144th Avenue.

“We are excited to continue growing in Colorado with the new Amazon Robotics fulfillment center in Thornton,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American Operations in the release. “This facility will utilize Amazon Robotics, vision systems, and more than 20 years’ worth of software and mechanical innovations. We are grateful for the support we have received from state and local leaders who have helped make this project possible.”

Trammell Crow Company has been contracted to build a 855,000-square-foot building. It will be three stories with a total of 2.4 million square feet.

“The city of Thornton understands economic development and has the attitude and processes necessary to attract job growth,” said Bill Mosher, senior managing director of Trammell Crow Company’s Denver Business Unit. “Our original interest in this site was based on excellent access and strong demographics related to employment and growth. For a company of Amazon’s stature to select Thornton and this site, it is a testimonial of the future of the North I-25 corridor.”

The facility will be different than the other fulfillment centers in Colorado because it will be an Amazon Sort Facility, according to the release. It will only handle products 18 inches and smaller, relying heavily on robotics.

Plans call for a brisk 14 months for development of the large-scale facility.

The city is excited about the venture.

“Amazon’s commitment to the communities where their fulfillment centers are located is impressive,” said Thornton Mayor Heidi Williams. “They will be the largest employer in Thornton and represent the cutting edge of innovation in the e-commerce market.”

Gov. John Hickenlooper applauded the announcement.

“We are pleased to continue working with Amazon as it grows and creates jobs in Colorado,” Hickenlooper said. “Our talented workforce will have the opportunity to learn new, valuable skills with Amazon and work alongside innovative technology. We look forward to the great jobs with competitive wages and comprehensive benefits that Amazon will bring to the state.”


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