Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced plans to open three new fulfillment
centers in the state of Texas, creating more than 1,000 jobs. The sites,
which will utilize advanced technology to help fulfill customer orders,
will be located in the cities of Coppell, Haslet and Schertz.
"We look forward to putting more than 1,000 Texans to work at our new fulfillment centers in Schertz, Coppell and Haslet," said Mike Roth, Amazon's vice president of North American fulfillment. "We appreciate the state and local elected officials who have helped us make this exciting investment in the state of Texas."
Amazon fulfillment center jobs pay on average 30 percent more than traditional retail jobs and that doesn't even include the stock grants that full-time employees receive, which over the past five years have added an average of 9 percent to base pay annually. Amazon offers full-time benefits including healthcare.
"We're pleased Amazon is investing in Texas by bringing three fulfillment centers and more than 1,000 jobs to our state," said Texas Comptroller Susan Combs. "I thank Amazon for working with usmaking it possible to bring new jobs and revenue to the state of Texas."
"This is the biggest economic development partnership announcement in the history of our city," said city of Haslet Mayor Bob Golden. "The jobs and potential tax base that this development will bring to our community is a major milestone in our city's growth."
The 1.2 million-square-foot site in Schertz and the 1 million-square-foot site in Coppell will handle larger itemsanything from televisions to bbqs, for example. The 1.1 million-square-foot site in Haslet will handle smaller items like books, small electronics or DVDs, to name a few.
"Amazon, coming to Coppell, complements our strategy of building a quality business base that supports the community and the region," said Coppell Mayor Karen Hunt. "We arethrilledAmazonchose Coppell for a new fulfillment center. We recognizetheirlarge capital investment andnew jobs brought to this area."
Recently, Amazon committed to hire more than a thousand veterans in the U.S. in the upcoming year to join the hundreds of veteran employees it has on staff currently. The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates there are more than 1.6 million veterans in the state of Texas.
"We are thrilled to formally and officially welcome Amazon to Schertz," said city of Schertz Mayor Michael Carpenter. "The investment Amazon is making in our community is significant, and it is a manifest expression by yet another highly successful and well-respected company that Schertz is a great place to do business."
USAA Real Estate Company is building the project in Schertz. Hillwood Development Company is building the project in the city of Haslet as part of AllianceTexas, a 17,000-acre, master-planned community, and is also constructing the project in the city of Coppell.
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