Puyallup Tribe of Indians
The Puyallup Tribe and Amazon.com Inc. have partnered to open a 520,000-square-foot sorting center in Fife that is expected to bring hundreds of jobs to the area and strengthen the Tribe’s economic portfolio.
The building is expected to launch soon. It includes 122 loading docks and 280 trailer stalls and is being built on about 41 acres of land at 7449 45th St. Ct. E. The land is within Fife’s city limits and owned by the Tribe, which as a sovereign nation has authority over it.
When fully operational, more than 500 people are expected to be employed. Both entities signed a cooperation agreement that among other things says Amazon will support the Tribe’s Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO) efforts, designed to increase contracting and employment opportunities for Indians on the reservation. Amazon agreed to make the Tribe aware of employment opportunities as well as requests for proposals and similar procurement opportunities.
“This will have a long-term impact on our Members and generate hundreds of new jobs with great pay and benefits for our region,” said Bill Sterud, chairman of the Puyallup Tribal Council. “This is exciting. It’s an opportunity to open new career paths in industries like logistics, retail, and technology with a company that is known for innovating.”
The project is also part of the Tribe’s long-term economic development plans.“We have promised our Membership that we will diversify our Tribe’s revenue streams, to make us more resilient to economic changes and protect our people […]