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Amazon to open its 3rd facility in Goodyear later this year

This Wednesday, July 17, 2019 photo shows an Amazon shipping truck at a fulfillment center in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX – Internet retail behemoth Amazon will open its third facility in Goodyear later this year, the West Valley suburb announced Thursday.

An Amazon Logistics delivery station will join the city’s existing fulfillment center and global operations center, according to a press release.

Amazon currently employs around 1,100 workers in Goodyear, the release said, and will hire for the new location later this year.

In a video posted to Goodyear’s social media accounts, Mayor Georgia Lord said the new facility will create hundreds of jobs.

The new station will boost the company’s last-mile delivery capabilities and speed up service in surrounding areas, the release said.

“We are proud to partner with Amazon as they expand their footprint in Goodyear,” Lord said in the release.

“Amazon’s last-mile logistic system is a huge win for our local workforce, entrepreneurs and our citizens.”

Earlier this month, Goodyear’s business sector was in the news when Gov. Doug Ducey pulled a $1 million grant intended to lure Nike to the city.

Despite the loss of state funds over Nike’s decision to cancel sales of a sneaker with a Betsy Ross-era American flag, the athletic apparel giant went ahead with its plans in Goodyear.

Nike reportedly canceled the flag shoes after company endorser/activist/former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick voiced concerns about the 13-star flag’s connection to the slavery era, prompting Ducey to cancel the grant.

However, Goodyear kept its offer to Nike of up to $2 million in incentives on the table.

Ducey said he was “embarrassed for Nike” after the flag shoe cancellation, but he welcomed the company after it finalized its plans for the Goodyear plant.

“It’s a priority of Goodyear City Council to continue to bring high-quality companies like Amazon to our city,” Lord said in the video.

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