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Schwabe Provides Counsel on Development of Amazon’s New 520,000 sq.ft. Warehouse on WA Tribal Lands

October 27, 2021

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Schwabe provides law counsel to real estate, construction, and retail businesses as well as tribal entities to help them achieve self-governance and meet economic development goals while protecting tribal lands.

Sarah Roubidoux Lawson, Of Counsel at Schwabe, assisted with the land lease between Puyallup Tribe, Panattoni Development, and Amazon for the new 520,000 square-foot sorting center and warehouse at Fife. Dave Hailey, also Of Counsel at Schwabe and specializing in real estate and construction, negotiated a crucial easement that was necessary for the project to move forward. 

“This will have a long-term impact on our members and generate hundreds of new jobs with great pay and benefits for our region. It’s an opportunity to open new career paths in industries like logistics, retail, and technology with a company that is known for innovating,” Bill Sterud, chairman of the Puyallup Tribal Council is quoted as saying by Seattle’s KIRO 7 News

“Amazon’s presence means local residents will soon have opportunities to grow longer-term careers close to home,” said Sterud. “In addition to a great starting pay, Amazon provides employees with support and resources. This is a new and exciting advantage that the Puyallup Tribe fully supports.”

A press release reported that the new facility is expected to bring over 500 jobs at a starting wage of $18 per hour plus a signing bonus, benefits, and the potential of a long-term career path.

Read more in The News Tribune’s article, Amazon comes to Fife with sorting center on tribal land.

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