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Amazon opens ‘last-mile delivery station’ in Daytona

Amazon opens a ‘last-mile delivery station’ in Daytona that creates 100+ jobs and allows the e-commerce giant to offer same-day delivery locally.

DAYTONA BEACH — The highly anticipated Amazon last-mile delivery station here officially opened for business on Wednesday.

A sign next to the entrance to the office of the e-commerce giant’s new distribution facility on Mason Avenue, just east of Interstate 95, greeted new employees with the printed message: “Welcome Amazonians. It’s still day one! Are you ready to make a difference?”

Harland Harrington, operations manager for the 66,000-square-foot facility, declined to answer questions but said, “Yes,” when asked to confirm whether the facility was opening on Wednesday.

Dozens of delivery vans, including several dark blue ones bearing the Seattle-based e-commerce giant’s Amazon Prime logo, could be seen in the complex’s parking lot as well as under the covered loading dock.

Shone Jemmott, a Seattle-based spokeswoman for Amazon, said in an interview earlier this year that the Daytona Beach last-mile delivery station would create “hundreds of job opportunities.”

“Amazon’s new Delivery Station in Daytona Beach is officially open for business,” Jemmott wrote in an email Wednesday night.

Robin King, CEO of CareerSource Flagler Volusia, confirmed that the regional workforce development agency recently began working with two staffing firms to fill more than 100 positions at Amazon’s new Daytona Beach facility.

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Future looks bright for Daytona sunglass maker Costa; new HQ set to open next year

The future looks bright for Daytona sunglass maker Costa. As sales grow, the company is getting set to expand its operations with the opening of a new HQ next year.

DAYTONA BEACH — Ray Ferguson died in June at age 82, but Costa Del Mar, the sunglass company he founded in 1983, continues to grow.

Today, the company is one of the world’s largest makers of sunglasses and employs approximately 350 workers here.

After having grown its operations here in 2016 by adding a distribution center in the former auto parts plant across the street from its headquarters on Mason Avenue, the company is looking to expand yet again.

Local developer Mike Cotton, whose Center Point Business Park at 2361 Mason Ave. currently serves as the headquarters for Costa, is constructing a new 44,000-square-foot building down the street.

That building, going up at the corner of Dunn and Mason avenues, is set to become the new headquarters for Costa Del Mar in the fall of next year.

Costa will continue to lease space in the two buildings it currently occupies at Center Point, converting its present corporate offices into additional manufacturing facilities

“We’re on a very good growth trajectory,” said Michelle Crockett, the company’s vice president of operations. “We do everything from marketing to sales, manufacturing and distribution.

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Is Amazon coming to Daytona Beach?

A developer and general contractor known for building distribution centers for e-commerce giant Amazon have quietly begun clearing land along Interstate 95 in Daytona Beach.

While the companies aren’t saying what the project is, speculation is growing that it could be an Amazon distribution center.

“I’m hopeful that it’s a credible rumor,” said Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry. “From my perspective, I hope it comes to fruition, but for now at this time it’s just a rumor.”

The 20-acre site is on Mason Avenue, directly east of the Trader Joe’s distribution center that opened in 2015.

Developer VanTrust Real Estate and general contractor The Conlan Co. last year teamed up to build a distribution center here along Clyde Morris Boulevard for German medical products maker B.Braun.

City officials confirmed that a building permit for the site at 2400 Mason Ave. was issued Feb. 18 to VanTrust, doing business as “JI Mason Avenue 319 LLC.”

The developer’s permit application stated its plans to build a 68,000-square-foot “industrial distribution building with office,” but the application did not name the end user. The estimated construction cost for the project is $13.8 million.

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