Many have speculated, but the cat is out of the bag: Amazon is coming to Stark County.
Amazon.com announced they will be occupying the warehouse planned for the former Skyland Pines Golf Club, JMN has learned.
The news was first reported by 1480 WHBC Tuesday morning when Governor Mike DeWine told Pam Cook on Canton’s Morning News.
The Amazon fulfillment center will bring 1,000 jobs and is expected to open next year.
Amazon released a statement and said they are bringing the warehouse because Stark County is a welcoming community.
“We’re excited to be expanding our network to better serve our customers in Northeast Ohio,” Travis Dorion, regional director of operations at Amazon, said in a prepared statement. He said the company is “grateful for the continued support we’ve received from state and local leaders.”
The project is estimated to cost over $87 million.
The 1 million square foot property is located off U.S. Route 62 and Columbus Road in Canton.
Many golfers have golfed at Skyland Pines and many couples have tied the knot at the banquet center, including JMN’s own Jordan Miller.
In a prepared statement, Governor DeWine called Amazon and strong partner in Ohio.
“Amazon has been a strong partner in Ohio, investing billions in cloud data centers, advanced distribution facilities, air service infrastructure, and more while creating over 41,000 jobs that provide healthcare and tuition assistance,” DeWine said in a prepared statement. “We look forward to working with Amazon as it continues to demonstrate its confidence in Ohio’s value proposition, premier location, and outstanding talent.”