Amazon Expands Investment in Tulsa With Planned Sortation Facility Near TIA
The City of Tulsa has announced the addition of a new Amazon operations facility, with plans now underway to build a 270,000 sq. ft. sortation center at North Mingo Ave. between 36th St. N. and Apache Blvd. near the Tulsa International Airport
“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 sortation center, which is expected to be completed sometime in late 2021, will create hundreds of new full-time and part-time jobs with industry-leading pay and benefits 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.”
The sortation center will be Amazon’s third large investment in Tulsa, which follows the opening of its nearly 2.5-million-square-foot fulfillment center in August 2020, and the April 2021 announcement that Tulsa was selected as one of 16 cities 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 sortation center will serve as the middle ground between fulfillment centers and last mile delivery stations, which serve as the transit portion of Amazon’s operations.
“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 sortation center will be located on approximately 40 acres on the southeast corner of North Mingo Rd. and 36th St. N. The Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust (TAIT) will enter into a long-term land lease and Tulsa International Airport Development Trust (TIADT) will provide financing incentives through its Tax Increment Finance (TIF).
“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.”
Amazon says it expects to start the hiring process by late summer 2021.
Amazon in Oklahoma
Since 2010, Amazon has created more than 11,000 jobs in Oklahoma and invested more than $650 million across the state, including infrastructure and compensation to its employees.
Amazon’s investments have contributed more than $530 million in GDP to the Oklahoma economy and have helped create over 4,100 indirect jobs on top of Amazon’s direct hires – from jobs in construction and logistics to professional services.
More than 14,000 independent authors and small and medium businesses in Oklahoma are selling to customers in Amazon’s store, creating thousands of additional jobs across the state.