“They’re suffering from the same supply chain issues that everybody is suffering from,” Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins said Thursday. “That building is massive, it is six stories. So you know, when it comes to steel and those things that they need to build the building, a lot of it was slower. They’re dealing with price hikes and things of that nature as well, so that slowed it down.”
Perkins said the extra time will also allow the company to upgrade robotic equipment at the distribution facility still under construction at the Hunter Industrial Park on Corporate Drive near the Caddo Correctional Center in north Shreveport. Site plans for the distribution facility include a 3.4 million square foot sorting facility.
“So those are some of the things that slowed it down, but you know, they will tell you they are more than committed to this community, they will be opening up in 2023 and we’re excited about it.”
Operations were originally expected to begin in September 2022 and bring a total of more than 2,100 permanent new jobs to Northwest Louisiana. In addition to sorting facility employees, the company will be hiring for positions in human resources, operations management, safety, security, finance, and IT. The company says these jobs will offer a starting wage of at least $15/hour or more and comprehensive benefits.
Earlier this year, an Amazon spokesperson confirmed delays to the projected start of operations, saying the Shreveport location is currently not expected to open until September 2023. Hiring is now expected to begin about 6 to 8 weeks before the facility begins operations, which would be late summer next year.
“It’s common for us to adjust launch timetables based on capacity needs across the network. We’ll provide an update on our launch timing and hiring at a later date,” an Amazon spokesperson said Thursday.
The company has previously said it will work closely with the City and other local workforce development partners to create awareness about the job opportunities, including where to apply, etc. as they get closer to an opening date.
“Amazon is committed to the project in Shreveport. The only thing that’s changing is the timeline for beginning operations.”