Fulfillment center could bring 500 jobs to area

Amazon will build a new 1-million-square-foot, fulfillment center in Lafayette Parish, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday, a move that could bring about 500 jobs to the north side of the parish.

The $100 million facility, which will be in Carencro, will be the first Amazon fulfillment center in Louisiana.

Edwards called it a “tremendous project win for the State of Louisiana.”

“This facility signals a new milestone for Carencro, which has seen significant growth over the past few years,” Edwards said.

The project is anticipated to add 982 indirect jobs, bringing a total of more than 1,400 jobs to the Acadiana region. Edwards said he’s anticipating the site will be operating in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Hiring will begin about three months before the facility begins operations, LEDA said.

Amazon and Gov. John Bel Edwards announced on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, that Amazon would be building its first Louisiana fulfillment center in Lafayette Parish.

The 500 jobs will have an annual payroll of more than $16 million, according to the Lafayette Economic Development Authority. Once the facility begins operations, the economic impact in its first year is estimated at $271 million. The employees hired for the project could generate $2 million in sales and income tax revenues for the state, more than $547,000 for Lafayette Parish and $689,000 for Carencro.

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