Sources have confirmed to AL.com that Amazon is considering Bessemer for a distribution center.
Last week, officials said a “well-known” company is considering locating there in a project which could mean up to 3,000 jobs.
The target site is U.S. Steel-owned property off Powder Plant Road near Bessemer City High School and Alabama Splash Adventure.
The acreage of the property has not been released. Fulfillment centers typically use about 800,000-square-feet, where workers choose, pack and ship small items such as books, electronics, household items and toys to fulfill customer orders. Just today, the Internet retailer announced a center for Tuscon, Ariz.
Several sources would not comment publicly on the identity of the company which is considering the development.
Earlier this month, Jefferson County Commission President Jimmie Stephens said the project would mean a “sizable capital investment” in western Jefferson County and Bessemer.
Reached today, Stephens said the state of Alabama, Bessemer and Jefferson County are in negotiations with an unnamed “well-known” company under the codename Project Bluebird.
“We can neither confirm nor deny that Bluebird is Amazon,” he said.
Stephens said he is confident that the company will decide to locate in Bessemer, and a public announcement will be made in 30 to 45 days.
“This is a win-win in bringing much needed jobs to western Jefferson County,” he said.
Attempts to reach Amazon for comment were not immediately successful.
Starting wages for the employer, officials said last week, will be at least $14 an hour.
Josh Gluskin, regional manager for ONIN Staffing said, should Amazon come into the Bessemer market, “We are prepared to provide staffing services as we have with Amazon Distribution Centers in other markets in the U.S. Our offices in Alabama can work to see that there is a ready-workforce on hand.
“This could surely be a great game changer for the Bessemer market and the state,” he said.
Headquartered in Birmingham, ONIN Staffing is the largest staffing firm in the state, and one of the largest industrial staffing firms in North America.
Of Alabama’s neighbors, Florida and Tennessee have five fulfillment centers, while Georgia has three.
Last year, Amazon opened a $30 million, 362,000-square-foot sortation center in west Mobile off Interstate 10, which promised to employ up to 1,000 seasonally.
And both Birmingham and Huntsville made public pitches for the Amazon HQ2 project last year, among other U.S. cities, which promised $5 billion in investment and 50,000 jobs, as well as affiliated investment and job creation.
News writer Erin Edgemon contributed to this report.