Amazon lands $4.5M grant for Macomb County warehouse

- Michigan is giving online retailer Amazon $4.5 million to ensure it opens another facility in the state.

The Michigan Strategic Fund approved the incentive Tuesday for the e-commerce powerhouse to open a fulfillment center in Macomb County's Shelby Township. Seattle-based Amazon plans to create 1,025 full-time jobs at the $40 million facility.

It is the third time in nine months that the state has authorized a grant to open an Amazon fulfillment center, which is a giant warehouse where items are stored, packaged and shipped. The other centers will also be based in the Detroit area -- in Romulus and Livonia.

New Amazon fulfillment center to open in Shelby Township

Economic development officials say Amazon chose the Shelby Township site over competing sites in other Midwestern states and Canada.

The grant decision comes as the online retailer is considering Detroit as a potential location for a second headquarters. Last week, Detroit city leaders said they are considering partnering with Windsor for a joint bid on the headquarters.

It's unknown when Amazon will select the second headquarters location.

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