A leading e-commerce platform for buying and selling used cars, Carvana plans to invest more than $40 million to construct a distribution and fulfillment center, creating over 450 jobs in Bessemer, Alabama.
The planned Carvana facility is slated to be constructed on a privately owned site in Bessemer, a former industrial center about 18 miles southwest of Birmingham.
According to state officials Carvana, the fastest-growing auto retailer in the U.S., plans to open the Jefferson County facility to strengthen its logistics network in the Southeast, which is integral to addressing the nationwide demand the online auto retailer is seeing for The New Way to Buy a Car.
Carvana’s planned Bessemer hub will handle fulfillment activities for Alabama and surrounding states, and it will coordinate with similar facilities as the company moves inventory across the nation, LED officials said. The center will also house inspection, maintenance and photography functions critical to delivering the exceptional customer experience Carvana has become known for.
“Though Carvana is relatively young, its technology-focused model has powered rapid growth and made the company a growing force in the auto retailing industry,” said Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “I know that Carvana’s new, state-of-the-art facility in Bessemer will help the company continue to grow and sustain its rapid momentum.”
“We have been working hard to position Alabama as a prime destination for fast-growing growing e-commerce companies needing a first-class infrastructure network for their distribution operations,” Governor Kay Ivey said. “We are thrilled that Carvana has selected Bessemer for its newest state-of-the-art distribution hub and look forward to building a partnership with this innovative company.”
Jeff Traywick, Vice President of Economic Development for the Birmingham Business Alliance, said the metro area’s western region continues to see increased attention from companies in the e-commerce and logistics sectors.
“This project is further evidence that the area’s strong infrastructure, central location in the Southeastern United States and our quality workforce makes our region an excellent choice for companies looking to grow in the South,” Traywick said. “We are excited about Carvana’s selection of Bessemer for this new facility and look forward to their continued success.”