Amazon will invest 100 million dollars in a distribution center in Deltona, a city in Central Florida whose authorities approved a tax exemption of some 2.5 million dollars for this project, according to various official sources.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Thursday congratulated Amazon on its decision to invest “100 million dollars” in Deltona, a city of about 92,000 people located in the Orlando area in the center of the state.
The retail giant informed in a statement of its decision, but without giving figures on the project, except that it will mean the creation of 500 new full-time jobs in the area, with a pay of $15 an hour and various benefits for the workers.
The Amazon statement also makes no mention of the tax benefits approved by the Deltona City Council, which, according to the Orlando Sentinel newspaper, will consist of tax refunds for five years starting in 2023, which will mean about $2.5 million.
“It’s our little Christmas present to Deltona,” said Commissioner Robert McFall in statements to local media after the announcement of the approval of the tax exemption for Amazon.
DeSantis stressed that “Florida remains the best state in the nation to open or grow a business”.
According to local media, the distribution center will have an area of 1.4 million square feet (130,235 square meters) and will be located near the strategic Interstate 4.
According to the Amazon statement, the center will be responsible for picking up, packing and shipping large items such as sports equipment, garden furniture, bicycles, large bags of pet food and others.
Amazon has created more than 13,500 full-time jobs in Florida since 2013 and currently has facilities in Orlando, Miami, Tampa and Jacksonville.
Amazon’s vice president of global consumer distribution, Alicia Boler Davis, estimated the company’s investment in Florida to date at more than $5 billion.