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By Megan Butler

 

The City of Tulsa has announced Thursday morning that a new Amazon operations facility is being built near the Tulsa International Airport.

The 270,000-square-foot sortation center is located at North Mingo between 36th Street North and Apache Boulevard.

“With another planned facility in Tulsa, Amazon continues to show they want to do business here and extend more employment opportunities to Tulsans,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “This investment accelerates development around one of our strongest job centers, and speaks volumes to the kind of city and workforce we have.”

The center is expected to be completed in late 2021 and will create hundreds of new full-time and part-time jobs with pay starting on the first day of employment.

“This is an exciting day and I look forward to seeing what opportunities they will bring to the neighborhood,” District 3 City Councilor Crista Patrick said. “Over the past several years, it’s been great to see employers like Amazon and Greenheck plant their roots in this part of Tulsa to create new jobs in our district.”

This is the third Amazon installment in Tulsa, including the nearly 2.5-million-square-foot fulfillment center in August 2020 and the recent announcement that the city was chosen to test its electric delivery vehicles.

“We are proud to be able to continue our growth in Tulsa and provide hundreds of job opportunities for the local community,” said Jessica Breaux, manager of economic development at Amazon. “We’re grateful for the strong partnerships we’ve made with state and local officials and we look forward to our future in this great city.” 

The center will be the transit portion of Amazon’s operations, serving as the middle ground between fulfillment centers and last mile delivery stations. 

“We are delighted that Amazon continues to build out their footprint in Tulsa and on Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust land,” said Joe Robson, chair of the Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust. “This initiative capitalizes on the use of available land that is adjacent to the airport as well as Highway 169, making it extremely attractive to companies looking to expand near Tulsa’s largest industrial and transportation corridor.”

The facility will sit on about 40 acres of land on airport property. 

“Property development is one of the airport’s key initiatives, and we are thrilled to have Amazon continue their investment here in Tulsa and on airport land,” said Alexis Higgins, CEO of Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust. “Having access to land near the airport as a transportation hub is an incredibly powerful tool for companies as they expand, and we look forward to continuing to support industrial development.”

City officials said TAIT will enter into a long-term land lease and Tulsa International Airport Development Trust will provide financing incentives through its Tax Increment Finance.

“Amazon has been a tremendous partner since first coming here, and we’re thrilled the company is expanding its footprint in northeast Oklahoma,” said Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber. “Recruiting first-class companies such as Amazon yields continued growth and has long-term positive effects on the region. Amazon’s decision to further invest in northeast Oklahoma’s workforce speaks to our strong regional talent pool, and we’re grateful for the substantial number of jobs this project will bring.”

The hiring process is expected to begin by late summer 2021.