By Rachel Nix, Building Kentucky
Global e-commerce giant Amazon is betting big on Kentucky.
The company recently released an overview of its $530+ billion investments across the U.S., which included more than $20 billion in Kentucky over the past 10 years in infrastructure and employee compensation.
Amazon Air opens in northern Kentucky
$1.5 billion of that investment went to northern Kentucky for Amazon Air’s new central hub for U.S. cargo. That state-of-the-art hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) began operations this month creating thousands of jobs in the region. The 882-acre campus includes seven buildings including an 800,000 square-foot sortation building equipped with innovative robotics technology and miles of interlinked conveyors.
The Amazon Air Hub adds significantly to Kentucky’s thriving logistics and distribution industry, which employs nearly 80,000 people at 590 facilities statewide. Kentucky’s three global air cargo hubs – UPS, DHL and Amazon Air – located at the state’s two international airports – CVG and Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport – provide businesses a fast and reliable global reach.
“The Amazon Air Hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport will make Kentucky the undisputed national leader in air cargo. In addition to creating thousands of direct and indirect jobs, this hub puts Kentucky at the center of Amazon’s U.S. distribution network. Across the coming years, Amazon Air will help attract more manufacturers, service providers, and tech companies to Kentucky seeking to take similar advantage of our key geographic location. Congratulations and thanks to Amazon for this monumental investment in our state and workforce. We look forward to continuing the commonwealth’s longstanding and successful partnership with Amazon for decades to come.”Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear
Amazon in Kentucky by the numbers
- $20+ billion invested in Kentucky (2010-2020), including infrastructure and compensation to employees
- $18+ billion added into Kentucky’s GDP thanks to Amazon investments
- 18,000+ full- and part-time jobs created in Kentucky
- 49,000+ indirect jobs supported on top of our direct hires in the state
- 14,000+ small and medium business sellers and independent authors in Kentucky growing their businesses with Amazon
- 14,000+ charitable organizations that Amazon customers can support simply by shopping on AmazonSmile
Amazon’s investments in Kentucky
- 15 Fulfillment and sortation centers
- 3 Delivery stations
- 1 Customer service center
- 1 Air Hub
- 2 Whole Foods Market locations
- 3 Solar farms
- 1 Ultra Violet lab