Amazon in Bath? Billion-dollar company, town officials weighing planned facility

Tom Passmore
The Leader

Amazon, the retail behemoth and second largest company in the United States — employing 798,000 people — is considering extending its footprint into Steuben County with the creation of a distribution facility in the Town of Bath.

According to Town of Bath Planning Board meeting minutes of Feb. 2, the plan is to lease approximately 77,000 square feet in a former Mercury Aircraft factory for what the minutes called an "Amazon distribution center."

Amazon’s operations network in New York currently includes large two fulfillment centers, two 'sortation centers' and 17 delivery stations, with Bath potentially being the next operation at the Mercury site, located at 6823 Industrial Park Road.

The exact type of facility that could be coming to Bath is currently unknown, but according to town officials, the proposed facility could usher in a number of prospective jobs to the area.

"It has the initial potential for 200-250 jobs for the Town of Bath community," said Ron Smith, Town of Bath supervisor. "Jobs with benefits, which is huge for our community."

Amazon's network is broken down in a number of categories, including fulfillment centers, sortation centers and delivery stations.

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From Buffalo to the Hudson Valley and Staten Island, and now potentially Bath, Amazon has been rapidly acquiring or building warehouse space around New York.

Amazon officials say the company currently provides 34,000 full and part-time jobs across the state, starting at $15 an hour and up.

The location would put the facility near the intersection of three major interstates, I-86, I-390 west of Bath, leading to the New York Thruway near Rochester, and I-99 south into Pennsylvania in Painted Post.

The planning board minutes state that an Andrew Hart submitted a site plan with maps of location improvements for the proposed Amazon facility. The minutes state that Hart, along with other representatives working on the project, reviewed the plans and maps including storm water mitigation, site lighting, landscaping and traffic study information. The representatives said the only utility upgrade needed at the site may be the natural gas connection, according to the minutes.

Amazon was reached for comment on the project, but said they have a policy of not commenting on "our future roadmap."

“Amazon is a dynamic business and we are constantly exploring new locations," said a spokesperson from Amazon in response to questions about the potential project. "We weigh a variety of factors when deciding where to develop future sites to best serve customers."

Company officials added that since 2010, Amazon has invested more than $7 billion across New York state, including infrastructure and compensation, contributing an additional $5.7 billion to New York’s economy and helping to create an additional 17,000 or more indirect jobs on top of the company's direct hires.