The former home of a Chrysler truck manufacturing plant in Windsor, Ontario will soon breathe new life when Amazon Canada sets up one of its delivery stations in the city.
Company officials confirmed to CTV News that a vacant 27-acre parcel of land owned by Rosati Construction near Central Avenue and Plymouth Drive was purchased on April 1.
The Chrysler Pillette Road Truck Assembly Plant operated from this location, building the Dodge Ram Van and Dodge Ram Wagon, between 1974 and 2003. The building was demolished the following year.
Dave Bauer, communications manager for Amazon Canada, said the “DLC8” delivery station will be located on a newly constructed stretch of road called Dodge Drive – and is expected to begin operations in 2024.Amazon aims for its ‘DLC8’ delivery station to begin operations in 2024. (Sanjay Maru/CTV News)
“Delivery stations power the last mile of Amazon’s order fulfillment process,” Bauer said in a statement to CTV News.
“Packages are transported to delivery stations from Amazon’s fulfillment and sorting center and then placed in vehicles for delivery to customers.
Amazon officials did not reveal exactly how many jobs would be created by opening its delivery center in Windsor, but said it was in the “hundreds”.
“We’ll have a more accurate number closer to the launch date,” Bauer said.
For Rakesh Naidu, president and CEO of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, Amazon’s presence in Windsor is “great news” that signals a push towards economic diversification for the city.
“When a global company like Amazon decides to set up shop in a place, they do their homework. They know what they’re getting into and what they can expect from the market,” Naidu said.
“No matter how good we are in a sector, we have to find ways to have a balanced economy. Being a border region, logistics and warehousing is something that comes as second nature to us.”
Much like the relationship between the Stellantis Windsor assembly plant and its suppliers, Naidu predicts the delivery station will cause a ripple effect that will provide opportunities for other businesses to thrive.
But this effect will also apply to graduates who might see Windsor as a place to settle, rather than assuming they have to look elsewhere to make a living.
“St. Clair College has a logistics and supply chain management program. I think graduates of this program can be very well suited for this type of operation,” Naidu said.
“Windsor can be a great place for students to graduate, move here, and have great careers.”