Amazon to build second facility in Wood County


LIME CITY — Amazon is considering building a second facility in Wood County.

At Wednesday’s Perrysburg Township Trustees meeting, Amazon’s Kyle DeGiulio said the building would be 600,000 square feet and used as inbound crossdock, where merchandise can be received and stored until transferred in bulk to a fulfillment center.

It would be located at 26901 Fremont Pike, west of the township building, and have access off that road and Deimling Road. The investment would be $75-$100 million, said DeGiulio.

Wade Gottschalk, Wood County Economic Development executive director, requested trustees approve a 10-year, 100% tax abatement for the project.

The agreement would pay Rossford Schools $641,000 a year and Penta Career Center $46,000 a year, he said.

The township wouldn’t receive any funds until after the 10 years and payment would be based on the value of the building, explained Trustee Bob Mack.

DeGiulio, manager of economic development policy for Amazon, said the facility would not be used for package delivery but would send inventory to the fulfillment centers in Rossford and Detroit.

“It allows us to ensure all of our facilities are fully stocked with items that customers desire,” he said.

DeGiulio said they would need 500 full-time employees and Amazon’s starting salary is $15 with the average at $20.50. The annual payroll is estimated at $13.65 million.

The project would be completed in December 2025.

“It looks like an exciting project,” Mack said. “I commend Wade and his client … on being realistic and requesting a 10-year abatement.”

This is money we don’t have now, he said.

“This kind of project is a win for everybody,” said Trustee Gary Britten, “especially when the schools are made whole.”

Industrial and commercial development takes the weight off farmers and residents when it comes to school taxes, he said.

“When (industrial development) starts going, everyone is going to realize how much their property taxes are going to go down,” Britten said.

“I think we’re on the right track. Glad to have you,” said Trustee Joe Schaller.

In 2021, Amazon opened a 640,000 square foot fulfillment center Rossford’s Crossroads area.

DeGiulio said the building on Fremont Pike won’t be as tall as the fulfillment center.

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