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Amazon warehouse opens in Henrietta, Rochester adds 6,000 private sector jobs

September 24, 2018 09:20 PM

Amazon is up and running in Henrietta. It's about 100 jobs and it's part of an economy recovery that News10NBC uncovered Monday. 

It's a giant, non-descript warehouse on Clay Road in Henrietta. The only thing that tells you it's the Amazon regional distribution center is a small A-frame sign at the road. 

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Steve Schultz, Henrietta Town Supervisor: "Some will argue that it's just another company. But let's face it, it's the biggest company." 

Steve Schultz is the Henrietta supervisor. 

News10NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean: "So if you live in this area, you order something from Amazon, it gets sent here first and then comes to your home?" 

Schultz: "Correct." 

Last year, Rochester competed for Amazon's new world headquarters. We lost that but we won the distribution center. 

The warehouse opened at the end of August.

On Monday, News10NBC contacted Amazon. 

A spokesperson told us they didn't have anyone who could talk to us on camera or answer specific questions. So, we relied on the Henrietta Supervisor for the job numbers. 

Schultz: "I don't know if it's pushing 100 but it's probably close." 

Every little bit helps. 

If you look at the latest jobs report from the New York State Department of Labor it says Rochester added 6,000 private sector jobs between August 2017 and August 2018. 

Most of those jobs come from small business like LiveTiles, an artificial intelligence company that opened in High Falls in May. 

"Officially announced it. We're here. This is the building!" LiveTiles CEO Karl Redenbach said inside the new office in May. 

LiveTiles hired 75 people this year. 

Schultz: "It's nice to see the economy continuing to grow and glad to see it's happening here in western New York and especially here in the Town of Henrietta." 

According to the state labor department, only Buffalo-Niagara Falls and Westchester County grew more jobs than Rochester over the past year. 

Click here to read the full report by the NYS Department of Labor. 

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