New facility will create 500 new, full-time jobs in Duval County – SEATTLE – (BUSINESS WIRE) – September 2, 2020 — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to expand its presence with a new fulfillment center in Jacksonville, Florida. The site, which is anticipated to launch in fall of 2021, will create more than 500 new full-time jobs with industry leading pay and comprehensive benefits starting on Day One.
“Florida is a great state for business, and building this site in Jacksonville gives us the opportunity to better serve our customers in the region,” said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment. “We are excited about our growth and remain committed to creating a positive economic impact in the region with job opportunities that come with great pay and industry-leading benefits.”
The more than one million-square-foot fulfillment center, with more than 500 full-time associates, will pick, pack and ship small items, including apparel, accessories and footwear.
“The expansion of Amazon’s footprint in Jacksonville illustrates an increased confidence in our economy and reputation as a center for logistics in the southeastern United States,” said Mayor Lenny Curry. “This is another big win for our community, creating hundreds of new jobs, and I am grateful for the company’s continued investment in our city.”
In addition to the full-time associate position, Amazon will hire for roles in human resources, operations management, safety, security, finance, and information technology.
“With this announcement for its sixth facility in the region, Amazon continues to be a major driver of jobs and investment,” said Aundra Wallace, president of JAXUSA Partnership. “Jacksonville’s prime location and infrastructure has made us a natural choice for distribution and ecommerce business and Amazon’s sustained success here demonstrates our regional strength.”
On top of Amazon’s industry-leading minimum wage of $15/hour, full-time employees receive comprehensive benefits, including full medical, vision, and dental insurance as well as a 401(k) with 50 percent company match, starting on Day One. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of paid maternal and paternal leave along with innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families.
Amazon has also pledged to invest over $700 million to provide upskilling training for 100,000 U.S. employees for in-demand jobs. These programs will help Amazonians from all backgrounds access training to move into highly skilled roles across the company’s corporate offices, tech hubs, fulfillment centers, retails stores, and transportation network, but they can also choose to pursue career paths outside of Amazon.
An Amazon presence in Jacksonville, Florida means more than just the jobs provided within its four walls. The company has brought thousands of jobs in construction and services before the walls were even built. Since 2010, Amazon has created more than 30,000 jobs in Florida and invested more than $9.5 billion across the state, including infrastructure and compensation. These investments have contributed an additional $9 billion to the Florida economy and have helped create 29,000 indirect jobs on top of Amazon’s direct hires – from jobs in construction and logistics to professional services. In addition, more than 140,000 independent authors and small and medium businesses in Florida are selling to customers in Amazon’s store, creating thousands of additional jobs across the state.
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