Lagniappe has confirmed online retail giant Amazon will open a sortation center in Mobile later this year, adding “hundreds of jobs” through the company’s first location in Alabama.
According to Amazon spokeswoman Ashley Robinson, the sortation center will be located in the Theodore area at 6735 Trippel Road, where construction is already underway.
Unlike Amazon’s larger fulfillment centers, where customer orders are picked, packed and shipped, custom sortation centers are where packages are sorted. Robinson said that allows for “faster and expanded delivery options, such as Sunday delivery and later cut-off times.”
“This will be our first customer fulfillment facility in [Alabama] and we look forward to creating hundreds of jobs to help us better serve customers in Mobile County and throughout Alabama,” Robinson said.Robinson said jobs at the center would be “a mix of both” part-time and full-time positions.
While the exact number is unknown, sources involved in recruiting Amazon have previously told Lagniappe the center could create as many as 500 jobs at full capacity.
Because Amazon’s sortation center are very technology driven, they aren’t as physically demanding as jobs in other distribution facilities. Robinson said that makes the jobs “a great option for people looking for part-time jobs” like college students or retirees.
Last month, the Mobile County Commission adjourned to a closed executive session to discuss an economic development opportunity, which is common when competing with other areas of the country trying to entice a particular company to their area.
There’s no way to know if those conversations were related to the planned sortation center, or if Amazon received any economic incentives to locate in the region. County officials offered no comment when asked about Amazon’s confirmation Thursday afternoon.