Andover courts Amazon for second headquarters

September 27, 2017 by  

Several cities and towns in the Merrimack Valley, led by Andover, are making their best effort to attract a second headquarters of Amazon to their community.

Municipalities in the county were asked by the e-retail giant to submit proposals explaining why their city or town would be a good fit for the new headquarters. This second headquarters plans to have 50,000 employees.

Andrew Flanagan, Town Manager of Andover, had a phone conversation with the cities of Lawrence and Haverhill, the Merrimack Regional Planning Commission, and the town of North Andover to explore the feasibility of this project. Each municipality will be looking for a potential site for this project within their boundaries.

Interested communities have until the middle of October to give a response to the Request for Proposal from Amazon. A site will be chosen next year, and the new headquarters will be built over the next 10 to 15 years.

The founder and chief executive officer of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, said the new headquarters would be equivalent to the one in Seattle. There would be 33 buildings in the complex, with more than 40,000 employees who overall earn close to $28bn.

Companies such as Amazon might consider using business card printing once the complex is completed, as headquarters that are the home to senior leaders in the company would be in need of ways to help their staff identify themselves.