One of the largest tech companies in the world could be bringing a new distribution facility to Western New York, according to a recent article in The Buffalo News. Amazon already employs more than 300 people at its “sortation” center in Lancaster, and company representatives have reportedly been scouting locations for at least one new distribution facility in the Buffalo Niagara Region as well.
One candidate location for a 133,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center is in Tonawanda’s Riverview Solar Technology Park. This project was discussed at the latest monthly meeting of the town planning board, however the prospective tenant was not named under the terms of a nondisclosure agreement.
The second location that Amazon is considering is a 184-acre undeveloped property right here on Grand Island.
Located at 2780 Long Road just south of the new Holiday Inn Express, this site could accommodate a much larger facility than the one in Tonawanda. Grand Island Officials have reportedly “been working for some time on the potential deal,” but details of the project are still unclear for now. One source noted that a new sewer line was installed during the construction of the Holiday Inn Express, which could also serve an Amazon facility on the adjacent parcel of land.
Amazon recently announced that it will begin offering its Prime customers free one-day shipping instead of its current two-day standard, which means that the company will need to significantly expand its distribution infrastructure. With this in mind, it could make sense for Amazon to bring a new facility to Western New York in the not-too-distant future.
Stay tuned – this probably won’t be the last we hear about Amazon’s plans for the Buffalo Niagara Region.