By Lauren K. Ohnesorge
Aug 10, 2018
It’s official: Project Axis, planning a high-tech fulfillment center at the old ConAgra site in Garner, has been identified as Seattle e-retailer Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN).
“This is a great day for Garner, it’s a historic day for Garner,” Mayor Ronnie Williams says. “Today will be remembered as the day Garner entered into a new era of prosperity.”
Economic Development Director Joseph Stallings said the project means 1,500 jobs, $200 million in investment and $45 million in annual payroll. “Good things come to those who wait,” he says.
Stallings says pay for the jobs will “vary.” “Because there is a number of them, there’s going to be a wide range of pays in there,” he says. “All of them will be market-based.”
And major road improvements are planned for the site to mitigate traffic. The town is fronting $600,000 for those improvements, with North Carolina Department of Transportation funneling in another $4.5 million. “Because of this project, we’ll actually see more road improvements there that will better serve everyone,” Stallings says.
The town went public with the declaration Friday, months after permits were first filed by a developer linked to Amazon, Hillwood of Texas.
The plans are similar to what’s already been outlined in permits with both the town and the state – a project that will be the largest in the North Carolina town’s history.
Source: Triangle Business Journal