OAK CREEK — Amazon will be the
recipient of up to $7.5 million in tax credits for job creation and
capital investment for the facility it plans to build in Oak Creek.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation announced Monday the
approval of the tax credits for Amazon, which plans to build a
640,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Oak Creek. The project is
expected to create 1,500 jobs.
Amazon plans to build the $200 million facility in the Ryan Business
Park at Ryan Road and Interstate 94.
“I thank Amazon for its continued commitment to growing in
Wisconsin,” said Mark R. Hogan, secretary and CEO of WEDC. “Amazon’s
existing distribution center in Kenosha County, which opened in
2014, is a true Wisconsin success story, and the company’s decision
to make another major investment in our state is a testament to
Wisconsin’s strong business climate and outstanding workforce.”
The amount of credits the company will receive from the WEDC is
contingent upon the number of jobs created and the amount of capital
investment the company makes through 2024.
All tax credits are “pay as you grow,” which means the company must
create the jobs and invest the capital before it can receive
The Oak Creek facility will be the first-of-its-kind robotics
sorting center for Amazon, according to the announcement. Once
built, the Oak Creek center will be Amazon’s largest investment in
Wisconsin in terms of capital expenditures and new jobs.
The Amazon associates at the facility pick, pack and ship small
items such as books, household items and toys, a process that will
utilize Amazon Robotics technology.
“We’re delighted that one of the world’s most successful businesses
has cast another vote of confidence in Wisconsin,” said Gale Klappa,
co-chair of the Milwaukee 7 regional economic development
organization and executive chairman of WEC Energy Group. “This
significant investment by Amazon speaks to the competitiveness of
our region for global companies and to the strong upward trajectory
of our economy.”
In addition to the 1,500 jobs expected to be created by the company
in Oak Creek, an economic modeling study estimates the project could
indirectly generate 792 additional jobs in the region. Those 2,292
combined jobs would generate nearly $3 million in state income tax