MERIDIAN, Idaho — Amazon is expanding its operations in Idaho.
The company announced Wednesday that it plans to open a new delivery station early next year at 2490 East Franklin Road in Meridian. That's just west of Eagle Road.
The new facility will be more than 140,000 square feet.
Amazon is expected to hire hundreds of new full-time and part-time associates. Starting pay is at least $15 per hour.
They will also be hiring hundreds of additional drivers through Amazon's Delivery Service Provider program and Amazon Flex. On top of these jobs, the delivery station will create new opportunities for local entrepreneurs who want to build a new delivery business in partnership with Amazon.
"Amazon is excited to continue investing in the state of Idaho, adding great jobs as well as business opportunities for local residents," said Michelle Godwin-Watts, Director of Amazon Logistics. "We're grateful for the warm welcome we've received in the community and look forward to continuing to grow our partnerships across the Treasure Valley in the years ahead."
Amazon has currently has more than 250 delivery stations in the U.S. Packages are shipped to a delivery station from neighboring Amazon fulfillment and sortation centers, loaded into delivery vehicles and delivered to customers.
"We welcome Amazon to the City of Meridian," Meridian Mayor Robert Simison said. "Their investment in this facility is a commitment by the company to their local customers, and with job opportunities it's also a commitment to the future prosperity of our city, surrounding communities, and to the state of Idaho. We appreciate them for choosing Meridian to meet the needs of our residents – their customers and working with us to bring safer and more efficient transportation needs to the area for them, other businesses and the community."
Earlier this year, Amazon announced plans to open a sort center in east Boise later this year. It's a facility where employees will help receive, sort, and ship customer packages.
Cameron Arial, the Community Development Director for the City of Meridian, told KTVB that the city is looking forward to Amazon having an additional presence in the Treasure Valley.
"Amazon coming to Meridian and the valley really represents a boom to our economy, it also represents a significant commitment and investment, which ultimately results in a lot of really good services to our citizens and citizens of the valley. It's a commitment to rapid e-commerce so folks can get goods and services at as rapid a pace as possible,” Arial said.
The new delivery station in Meridian will be one of two in Idaho (the other delivery station is located in Boise) that comprise the company's "last mile" operations, delivering packages directly to customer doorsteps across the Treasure Valley.
"We locate new facilities where we have growing customer demand," added Godwin-Watts. "Our proximity to customers enables us to continue to provide exceptional service and fast shipping times."
For more information about open positions, visit www.Amazon.com/jobs.
Delivery Stations also offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to build their own business delivering Amazon packages, allowing independent contractors the flexibility to be their own boss and create their own schedule delivering for Amazon Flex. To learn more, visit www.logistics.amazon.com.
To date, Amazon has created more than 3,500 jobs in Idaho and invested over $106 million across the state, including infrastructure and compensation.