The new Amazon building in South Bend already has begun operations, just months after it was announced. Staff photo by Santiago Flores
The new Amazon building in South Bend already has begun operations, just months after it was announced. Staff photo by Santiago Flores
SOUTH BEND — Workers were still busy Wednesday putting the finishing touches on the site of a new Amazon facility on the far northwest side of the city.

But the 84,200-square-foot Amazon facility already is operational —though not apparently at 100 percent — with semi-trucks with the Prime logo backed into loading docks and an assortment of marked and unmarked vans in the sprawling parking lot along Chet Waggoner Court between Mayflower Road and Dylan Drive just south of Adams.

The company is advertising for a variety of full and part-time positions — including independent drivers working for Amazon Flex who only need a car, a smartphone and a valid driver’s license to deliver for the company. Those jobs are advertised at $18 to $25 per hour.

It’s been projected that the delivery center could ultimately employ 103 people and also create delivery opportunities for small businesses and independent contractors while circumventing the need for some packages to go through traditional carriers, including the U.S. Postal Service.

Officials from Amazon, South Bend government and Great Lakes Capital, which developed the building, didn’t return phone calls seeking comment on Wednesday. A woman inside the warehouse said she was from an Amazon facility in Gary and was helping out at the new location.
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