Amazon currently employs more than 7,000 in Arizona; new Tucson
facility will employ more than 1,500 associates
Between 2011 and 2016, Amazon’s investments in Arizona contributed
more than $900 million to the state’s economy, indirectly creating
18,000 additional jobs on top of the 7,000 the company employs directly
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 16, 2018--
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to open its first
fulfillment center in Tucson, creating more than 1,500 full-time jobs
with competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package
including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards starting on day
one. Amazon currently employs more than 7,000 full-time associates at
its four existing Arizona fulfillment centers and other facilities
throughout the state.
“Since we first broke ground in Arizona over 10 years ago, we have found
a network of support from community leaders to statewide officials, a
dedicated workforce and fantastic customers,” said Mark Stewart, Vice
President of Amazon’s North America Operations. “We’re excited to open a
new, state-of-the-art fulfillment center in Tucson and to continue
innovating in a state committed to providing great opportunities for
jobs and customer experience.”
Since 2007, Amazon has invested billions of dollars into its local
fulfillment center infrastructure and through compensation to thousands
of employees in the Grand Canyon State. Between 2011 and 2016, Amazon’s
investments in the state contributed an additional $900 million into
Arizona’s economy, and using methodology developed by the U.S. Bureau of
Economic Analysis, Amazon estimates its investments in the state have
created an additional 18,000 indirect jobs on top of the company’s
“Amazon’s selection of Tucson for this impressive new facility
demonstrates that southern Arizona has a lot to offer businesses in
terms of talent, location, pro-business environment and quality of
life,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “This project will create thousands of
new jobs and generate significant capital investment in the region. We
thank Amazon for its continued growth and investment in our state.”
Amazon employees at the more than 855,000-square-foot fulfillment center
will pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books,
electronics, household items and toys.
“We see more and more international companies recognizing the advantages
Tucson has to offer as a logistics hub and gateway to Mexico. Very
pleased to welcome Amazon to Tucson,” said Mayor Jonathan Rothschild.
Pima County and Sun Corridor Inc. played an active role in bringing the
project to Tucson.
“Southern Arizona continues to attract industry leaders like Amazon
seeking the ideal location for their next phase of growth,” said Sandra
Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “Amazon’s
continued expansion throughout Arizona with this new operation in Tucson
speaks to the company’s confidence in our state as an excellent place to
Amazon 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
16,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual
communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.
The project is being developed by Seefried Industrial Properties.
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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