Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards expected to announce Amazon center in Shreveport Friday

Greg Hilburn
Shreveport Times
An Amazon fulfillment worker

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is traveling to Shreveport Friday where he is expected to announce that Amazon will build a fulfillment center in the northern part of the city that could create more than 1,000 jobs.

Edwards' office declined to comment or confirm details. His spokewoman would only confirm that the governor planned to be in Shreveport Friday for an economic development announcement.

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Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins said he can't comment on potential economic development projects because of confidentiality agreements.

Late last year Edwards announced Amazon would build its first Louisiana fulfillment center in Carencro in Lafayette Parish.

The Advocate has reported Amazon has also bought the old Cortana Mall in Baton Rouge for a potential project there.

Amazon has two types of fulfillment centers, which generally are facilities where employees pick, pack and ship items that are ordered through Amazon.

One type is a sortable fulfillment center, which averages 800,000 square feet and can employ up to 1,500 employees. Those facilities tend to work with smaller merchandise, such as books, toys and housewares.

Lafayette Parish's fulfillment center will be a non-sortable fulfillment center, which means it works with larger, bulkier items, such as patio furniture, outdoor equipment and rugs. Those facilities are typically larger, ranging from 800,000 square feet to 1 million square feet.

Construction on the Carencro facility at the former Evangeline Downs site is well under way. The site gives Amazon access to Interstates 49 and 10, which gives it access to Louisiana's markets.

Amazon's existing footprint in Louisiana includes seven Whole Foods Market stores and delivery stations in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The company also has an Amazon Air logistics gateway at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

Amazon employs about 1,500 workers statewide.

William Taylor Potter of USA Today Network contributed to this report.

Greg Hilburn covers state politics for the USA TODAY Network of Louisiana. Follow him on Twitter @GregHilburn1