Amazon’s seventh Texas facility will create more than 1,000 new full-time jobs
SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 22, 2016– Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to open its seventh Texas fulfillment center in Houston. Amazon currently employs more than 10,000 full-time hourly associates at its five operating Texas fulfillment centers and plans to create 1,000 more full-time positions at the new Space City facility. Elsewhere in the Lone Star State, Amazon currently operates fulfillment centers in Coppell, Haslet, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Schertz, with an upcoming facility in San Marcos currently under construction.
“We are excited to add a fulfillment center to the Houston region and to continue creating full-time jobs with great pay and benefits in Texas,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s Vice President of North American operations. “Amazon is expanding rapidly to meet growing customer demand and we couldn’t do it without the incredible workforce and community partners.”
Amazon employees at the 855,000-square-foot Houston fulfillment center will pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys.
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“We welcome the continued expansion by Amazon in Harris County and the creation of 1,000 new quality jobs,” said Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle. “In addition to the positive economic impact they have made across the state, Amazon is a strong corporate partner that is deeply involved in local communities. We look forward to working together to grow our region’s economy and provide jobs to area residents.”
“This is exciting news for Harris County,” said Harris County Judge, the Hon. Ed Emmett. “We have been working hard to bring companies like Amazon to the region and provide them an environment that supports continued growth here. We are proud that Amazon continues its Texas expansion right here in the Bayou City community.”
“Amazon’s new fulfillment center in Harris County is a substantial investment in our region,” said Bob Harvey, President and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership. “We applaud Amazon’s commitment to providing jobs, training and ongoing education for more than 1,000 Houston-area residents,” said Harvey. “As a global hub for distribution and logistics, Houston is well-positioned to support the company’s continued growth.”
Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards, starting on day one. Amazon also offers regular full-time employees maternity and parental leave benefits and access to innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, employees are pursuing degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming, and radiology, to name a few.
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The project is being developed by Seefried Industrial Properties and USAA Real Estate Company.