The Amazon building is complete and there are currently 200 employees working at the site, with an expected 800 more employees to be hired. There will be a grand opening in the near future.

The Amazon building is complete and there are currently 200 employees working at the site, with an expected 800 more employees to be hired. There will be a grand opening in the near future.

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Amazon now open in Shelby Township, paying $15 minimum wage

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published January 28, 2019

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The new Amazon Distribution Center in Shelby Township will be making big steps in the community soon.

With the recent construction of the 1-million-square-foot building on Mound Road and the widening of the road last year, operations are now underway.

Vicky Rad, deputy director of Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development, said the opening of Amazon has made progress and will soon make big changes.

“The building is complete and there are currently 200 employees at the site. As they ramp up their soft launch, they will bring on and train new employees. They are anticipating reaching 1,000 employees at this location. The big news they shared at the (Macomb County Chamber of Commerce) luncheon last week (Jan. 18) was the $15 minimum wage for all U.S. workers,” said Rad via email.

Amazon said that all employees will be paid $15 an hour when the location is open and that 1,000 jobs will be created for employees with full benefits.

The project was proposed as a $90 million investment.

John Paul Rea, director of the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development, said in an email that the county is happy to have the addition of Amazon.

“Amazon did have a representative from the economic development team at the Macomb County Chamber (of Commerce) meeting this past Friday (Jan. 18). We are thrilled to have Amazon in our community and continue to support their operational rollout,” said Rea.

Shevaun Brown, of Amazon Strategic Communications, said in an email that the center recently had a soft launch ahead of Christmas and is planning to have an official opening soon now that the holiday rush is over.

“Our fulfillment center in Shelby Township soft-launched in late 2018 ahead of the holiday shopping season. We’re planning to conduct an official launch later this year now that our peak season is over,” Brown said.

A ribbon-cutting could be held as soon as the spring of 2019.