LIVONIA, Mich. (WJBK) - Online giant Amazon is giving life to a one million square foot facility in Livonia.
The company broke ground on the project earlier this year, and it's expected to be finished in the next few months. The new distribution center will help them cut down on shipping times -- and bring in more than 1,000 jobs.
Pay starts at $14.70 an hour, and includes health benefits and a 401k.
"We bring product into the building," said Fred Holwey, senior inbound operations manager. "We put it away essentially, we stow it, we pick it and ship it.
"The types of jobs we're going to have are picking jobs, shipping jobs, stowing jobs, receiving jobs."
Livonia's mayor is excited to have the company in the city.
"It is all a plus for us, we run a good town here and a lot of good companies have decided to be here," said Mayor Dennis K. Wright. "
But Wright also admits Amazon is reshaping retail and other businesses could struggle to keep up.
"We might lose a Sears, a Kmart, a Carson's, that is where you are rolling the dice," Wright said. "You have to go with the signs. You are looking at the future today."
Livonia was chosen because of its strategic location for shipping, said Holwey.
Amazon's growth in Michigan isn't stopping in Livonia. The company is also considering building another distribution center in Romulus.
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