Online giant Amazon has announced a new site in Portadown which will create at least 20 permanent jobs and over 100 “driver opportunities”.
mazon Logistics has announced that it will open a new delivery station in the County Armagh town.
The 7,000 square metre building is expected to be fully operational later this year, and will serve customers based in the Portadown area.
In June, the Belfast Telegraph exclusively revealed that the American multi-national was linked to a huge site at James Park, Mahon Industrial Estate – that has now been confirmed.
Delivery stations power the last mile of Amazon’s order process and help speed up deliveries for customers.
MP for Upper Bann, Carla Lockhart said: “The creation of 20 permanent warehouse jobs and around 100 driver opportunities in the Upper Bann area is a tremendous boost to the local economy.
“More and more companies are recognising the merits in making this area a distribution hub, with a road network linking to main arterial routes to every corner of Northern Ireland, and beyond. Amazon recognising this really puts the area on the map and I very much welcome this investment.”
Amazon said it is also offering entrepreneurs the opportunity to build their own business delivering Amazon packages, as well as independent contractors the flexibility to “be their own boss and create their own schedule” delivering for Amazon Flex.
Kerry-Anne Lawlor, Country Director for Amazon Logistics, said: “We are excited to invest in the Portadown area with a new delivery station that will provide efficient delivery for customers, and create new jobs for the talented workforce.”
Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, Amazon says it has invested more than $11.5bn globally and introduced more than 150 new safety measures to help keep its employees safe.
An Amazon spokesperson said it is holding one of the biggest free virtual training and recruiting events in the UK. Amazon Career Day will take place on September 16 and job seekers are able to register at amazoncareerday.com