December 7, 2018
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Jul. 27, 2016) – Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans for a more than 800,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Jacksonville. Amazon will create more than 1,500 full-time jobs at the site when the fulfillment center opens.
“Becoming a member of the Jacksonville community is very exciting for us as we grow our presence in Florida. We’re proud to be creating more than 1,500 full-time jobs to join the thousands we currently employ across the state,” said Akash Chauhan, vice president of Amazon’s North America Operations. “We look forward to continue building relationships in the community to make Jacksonville home.”
At the facility, Amazon employees will pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and consumer goods. Associates will work alongside innovative technologies to fulfill customer orders.
Governor Rick Scott said, “It is great news that Amazon continues to invest in Florida and create new jobs for our families. I look forward to their continued success in Jacksonville and across our state.”
Logistics and distribution are big business in Florida, where the broader wholesale trade, transportation and logistics industry employs more than half a million Floridians. The state has one of the world’s most extensive multi-modal transportation systems with 19 commercial airports, 15 deepwater seaports, and extensive highway and freight rail networks. Florida’s well-developed transportation system handles the state’s residents, business activity and more than 100 million annual visitors.
“We are thrilled to announce another Amazon expansion in our state,” said Crystal Sircy, COO and Executive Vice President of Enterprise Florida, Inc. “Amazon has already exceeded their anticipated job creation numbers in other new facilities across the state, and we look forward to these additional 1,500 new positions in Jacksonville.”
Partners in the expansion include Enterprise Florida, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, JAXUSA Partnership, City of Jacksonville and CareerSource Florida.
“This is a huge win for our city and citizens,” said Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry. “I am incredibly excited about the opportunities Amazon is bringing to our city, and specifically northwest Jacksonville, a community that will now serve as host to an international, state-of-the art fulfillment and distribution center. Their entry brings more than 1,500 new jobs, strengthens Jacksonville’s position as a destination for international business, and contributes to increased economic development growth and improved quality of life.”
“The new Amazon fulfillment center is an incredible win for northeast Florida, and marks the single largest jobs announcement in Jacksonville’s history,” said Jerry Mallot, president of JAXUSA Partnership. “This project further supports our strategy of targeting outstanding companies, and solidifies Jacksonville as a region of wide open opportunity where anything is possible.”
To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, interested candidates can visit www.amazondelivers.jobs.
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