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Amazon set to build 2nd warehouse in northern Wood County

Posted By: The Toledo Blade on May 15, 2024.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.

Amazon will build a second warehouse facility in northern Wood County.

Perrysburg Township trustees approved a 10-year, 100-percent tax abatement agreement for the $75 million warehouse project on Wednesday.

A 600,000-square-foot warehouse will be built on 162 acres at 9240 Fremont Pike. The location is on the north side of Fremont Pike, also known as U.S. 20/23, between the shopping center with Target and Home Depot to the west and the township offices to the east on Lime City Road.

The warehouse project is expected to create 500 jobs.

Kyle DeGiulio, who is based in Novi, Mich., and leads Amazon development in the Midwest, said packages will not be delivered from the new building, which will be “upstream” from the Rossford warehouse.

He said pay at Amazon starts at $15 an hour, and the average hourly wage is $20.50.

“The county has been great to work with, the township as well,” Mr. DeGiulio said at the trustees meeting.

The annual payroll is expected to be $13.7 million, according to documents provided at the township meeting. Hiring is expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2025.

Construction will begin next month and wrap up in December, 2025.

“This development on the Henry property has been a long time coming,” said Perrysburg Township Trustee Gary Britten. “In the long run it’s a win for everybody.

“When this stuff starts going, everybody’s going to realize how much their property taxes are going to go down,” Mr. Britten said. “It’s a wonderful thing.”

This township area will undergo massive changes in the next five years. The other property around the warehouse project — which is being referred to as Project Yellow Jacket and is owned by the Henry family — is also zoned and ready to be developed, Mr. Britten said.

Rossford schools Treasurer Jamie Rossler said the board of education has approved a 10-year tax abatement agreement with Amazon for a warehouse.

The agreement begins Jan. 31, 2026, and will pay the school district $641,600 per year over the 10 years, Mr. Rossler said Wednesday.

Mr. Rossler said Amazon has been an amazing partner to work with — the school also benefitted from the company’s Crossroads warehouse. That 2019 15-year tax abatement agreement has provided up to $848,000 a year to the school district.

“They’ve been great. They’ve been wonderful to work with,” Mr. Rossler said of Amazon.

He added that some of the Amazon Crossroads warehouse money was used to build the R, which is the school district’s $17.5 million, 73,600-square-foot multi-purpose building that opened in August.

Mr. Rossler pointed out that this new Amazon agreement doesn’t start until 2026.

“We’re a long ways from seeing any of that money,” he said.

Penta Career Center has also signed a 10-year tax abatement agreement with Amazon, said superintendent Ed Ewers.

The center, which serves 16 school districts and is located in Perrysburg, will receive $46,000 annually for the new warehouse, he said.

Typically, the center uses these types of payments for student activities and trips and to pay for uniforms, Mr. Ewers said.

The Penta board of education has authorized the superintendent and treasurer to proceed with these types of agreements, Mr. Ewers said, and there was no formal board action.

Wade Gottschalk, executive director of the Wood County Economic Development Commission, said a tax abatement agreement will be presented to the county commissioners on Thursday.

“It’s another great project,” he said. “We’re happy to see that Amazon is potentially making another investment in Wood County.”

He said the county has had a good relationship with Amazon since the 640,000-square-feet Crossroads warehouse in Rossford opened in 2020.

“Obviously, we must have impressed them enough to locate another facility here,” Mr. Gottschalk said.

The Amazon warehouse in the township will look different than the one in Rossford, he said. The new building will be one story, up to 45 feet.

Wood County Commissioner Craig LaHote said he suspects Amazon has had a good experience with the Rossford facility and local government relationships and success in finding workers.

“It fits well with what they’re doing, and it’s another big plus for Rossford schools,” Mr. LaHote said.

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