Amazon recently opened a 414,000-square-foot delivery station in Rapho Township, Lancaster County- its first in North America this year.
The capacious building at 1156 Four Star Road had been unoccupied for years and required millions of dollars in renovations.
Last week, Amazon invited state and local officials to celebrate the opening and watch the facility in action.
Amazon employs about 100 people at the facility. Company spokesman Sam Fisher said 50 more are with Amazon’s delivery service partners, operating delivery vans.
The warehouse, which became operational in February, is known in Amazon-speak as DPL7, a “last mile” facility.
Tractor-trailer loads of merchandise that had been boxed or placed in shipping envelopes at Amazon fulfillment centers in York County, Baltimore and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport arrive at the delivery station. Amazon workers then sort and pack the merchandise for van drivers employed by third-party companies, who take the packages the “last mile” to customers up to an hour from Mount Joy.
Fisher confirmed that pay starts at $17.50 an hour.
Amazon is leasing the Rapho Township facility from Robert Redcay, a local developer and investor.
Fisher said the Four Star Road delivery station is among 18 operated by Amazon in the state. A second one in central Pennsylvania is at 10 Industrial Road in West Donegal Township’s Conewago Industrial Park.
Paula Wolf is a freelance writer