Amazon confirms it's moving into Des Moines suburb warehouse

BONDURANT, Iowa (AP) — The online retailer Amazon confirmed Thursday that it will be moving into a new warehouse in the Des Moines suburb of Bondurant.

The Seattle-based company said it plans to hire 1,000 people for what it calls a fulfillment center. A smaller operation is being opened in Grimes, about 15 miles (25 kilometers) southwest of Bondurant.

A fulfillment center is a warehouse where packages are prepared and sorted, officials said. The Bondurant packages then will go to the Grimes center, where workers will further sort them by zip code and group them for faster delivery.

Local, state and company officials had tried to keep Amazon's involvement in what was called Project Bluejay a secret.

In November the Bondurant City Council approved six years of tax incentives for the project. Bondurant also agreed to improve the area infrastructure. The city estimates the cost will be $15.9 million, about two-thirds of which could be funded through an Iowa Department of Transportation grant.