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Mon November 30, 2020 - West Edition #25
Amazon.com Inc. recently announced plans to open its first fulfillment center in Waco, Texas, which is anticipated to launch in 2021.
"We are proud to be bringing our newest Amazon facility to the city of Waco and we look forward to bringing in new jobs and supporting this great community," said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon's vice president of global customer fulfillment. "We are excited for our future in central Texas, and for what this means for our customers as we continue to grow. We'd also like to thank local and state leaders for their strong support in making this project possible."
In the 700,000 sq.-ft. robotics fulfillment center, Amazon employees will pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and toys. The facility will create more than 1,000 new full-time jobs with comprehensive benefits starting on day one.
"The Lone Star State is proud to celebrate another economic achievement for central Texas with Amazon's new investment in Waco," said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. "Texas continues to thrive as the nation's premier destination for companies like Amazon thanks to our skilled workforce, diverse economy and business-friendly model that promotes economic growth. This facility is the latest milestone in the strong partnership between Amazon and Texas, and I look forward to seeing the prosperity this facility will bring to the Waco community."
"We are delighted to welcome Amazon to Waco. This is an especially exciting economic development success for the city of Waco and our entire region," said Waco Mayor Kyle Deaver. "Within two years after opening, Amazon plans to have more than 1,000 new jobs in Waco. Amazon's investment and commitment to job growth in Waco will help drive our economic recovery forward. We appreciate the work of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, the Waco/McLennan County Economic Development Corporation and the Waco Industrial Foundation in attracting Amazon, and we look forward to having this innovative fulfillment center as a showpiece in the Central Texas Industrial Park."
Amazon has pledged to invest more than $700 million to provide upskilling training for 100,000 U.S. employees for in-demand jobs. The programs will help employees from all backgrounds access training to move into highly skilled roles across the company's corporate offices, tech hubs, fulfillment centers, retail stores and transportation network, or pursue career paths outside of Amazon.
"I would like to join the McLennan County Commissioners Court in welcoming Amazon and its state-of-the-art robotics fulfillment center to Waco," said McLennan County Judge Scott Felton. "This project is definitely a breakthrough collaboration of the Waco McLennan County Economic Development Corporation working with the Waco Industrial Foundation. We can draw the interest of Fortune 100 companies, we can do the big deals and we can meet the infrastructure and resource needs of most companies. We continue to promote workforce development and are creating a growing skilled workforce."
Since 2010, Amazon has created more than 43,000 jobs in Texas and invested more than $16.9 billion across the state, including infrastructure and compensation to its employees.
Amazon's investments have contributed more than $18.8 billion in GDP to the Texas economy and have helped create over 49,000 indirect jobs on top of Amazon's direct hires – from jobs in construction and logistics to professional services.
More than 116,000 independent authors and small and medium businesses in Texas are selling to customers in Amazon's store, creating thousands of additional jobs across the state.