Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos hopped into a front-end loader to “move some earth” as the tech giant broke ground Tuesday on a new 3-million-square-foot air cargo hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
The $1.5 billion project, which is scheduled to open in 2021, will reportedly create 2,000 jobs and help “get you your packages faster,” Bezos said in a tweet in which he was shown on video operating heavy machinery to pick up and drop some dirt in front an Amazon Prime Air cargo plane.
“If you’re wondering … that’s fun!” Bezos said as he emerged from the vehicle.
We’re investing $1.5 billion in our new air hub to get you your packages faster. Three million square feet, and it’s going to create 2,000 jobs. And if you’re guessing that driving a front loader was fun, you’re right! #amazon #prime pic.twitter.com/Cud4orKrC4
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) May 14, 2019
Bezos also posted the video on Instagram, in addition to another clip which was an artist’s rendering of what the completed hub will look like.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the hub will have room to park 100 airplanes and will sit on 900 acres of land leased from the airport for 50 years.
“It will be the largest building in this part of the country, not just Boone County,” Boone County Judge-executive Gary Moore said in an April 8 Enquirer article.
WVXU of Cincinnati reported that Kentucky brought $45 million in incentives to the table to land the deal.