SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 10, 2017--
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced plans to open a new
fulfillment center in Orlando, Fla. When the site opens in 2018, Amazon
will create 1,500 new full-time jobs with benefits and opportunities to
engage with Amazon Robotics in a highly technological workplace.
“We are excited to join the Orlando community, creating more than 1,500
full-time jobs at our new fulfillment center,” said Akash Chauhan,
Amazon’s vice president of North America operations. “We very much
appreciate the state and local elected leaders who have supported
Amazon’s arrival in Orlando and we look forward to bringing more jobs
and investment to the state in the coming months.”
Amazon employees at the more than 850,000 square-foot fulfillment center
located at Lake Nona will pick, pack and ship small items to customers
like books, electronics or consumer goods.
“I am proud that Amazon has chosen the Orlando area as the best location
for their new fulfillment center. Amazon is already a major job creator
in Florida, and we’re proud that they are continuing to invest in our
state and create new opportunities for our families,” said Governor Rick
Scott. “Today’s announcement is a reminder of the important role of
Enterprise Florida and local economic development agencies who have
worked to market our state so we can outcompete other locations for
these major jobs wins.”
Amazon has created more than 4,000 full-time jobs in Florida since
building its first fulfillment center in the state in 2013. The new
fulfillment center will bring Amazon’s workforce in the Sunshine State
to more than 9,000.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Amazon to Central Florida, and look forward
to this legendary innovator becoming a part of our community,” said
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “We’ve worked hard to expedite
permitting and other County functions in order to get this new type of
fulfillment distribution center – including Amazon Robotics and a
significant investment in technology – up and running. This is a huge
win for Central Florida and a wonderful opportunity for our entire
community, including the 1,500 employees who will join the Amazon team
and all those who will benefit from Amazon’s well-known commitment to
the local community.”
Full-time employees at Amazon receive highly-competitive pay, health
insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plans and company
stock. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of maternal and parental
paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back,
which give new parents flexibility with their growing families.
“Florida’s business climate continues to beat out other states, and we
are proud to see Amazon choose the Orlando area for a new fulfillment
center,” said Mike Grisson, interim president and CEO of Enterprise
Florida. “The workforce, infrastructure and overall business
friendliness in Florida lead the nation and this is apparent as our
economy continues to grow.”
Amazon also offers full-time employees innovative programs like Career
Choice, where the company 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, over
10,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual
communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.
“Amazon’s decision to select Orlando for its next major investment is a
tremendous win for the Orlando region,” said Tim Giuliani, president and
CEO of the Orlando Economic Partnership. “It says a lot about our status
as a major employment hub in the United States when a global leader in
ecommerce chooses to add more than 1,500 new jobs in our community.
Amazon is also a great addition to our region with programs that provide
full benefits to employees while also encouraging workers to further
their education and improve their skills through a tuition reimbursement
To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit amazondelivers.jobs.
The project is being developed in a partnership between Seefried
Industrial Properties and an affiliate of USAA Real Estate Company.
Tavistock Development Company entitled and sold the property, and will
develop the infrastructure for the project.
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than
competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational
excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping,
personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle
Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa
are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more
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