4 January Amazon Confirms 2nd Jacksonville Fulfillment Center and 1K Additional Full-Time Jobs January 4, 2017 By Laura Pavlus Expansions and Relocations, News Amazon, distribution, logistics, workforce, jobs, Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida 0 Amazon Confirms Second Jacksonville Fulfillment Center and Additional 1,000 Full-Time Jobs - Press Release - Jan. 4, 2017 SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 4, 2017-- Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to open a second fulfillment center in Jacksonville, Florida. The facility will add more than 1,000 full-time jobs with benefits starting on day one. In the Sunshine State, Amazon currently employs more than 4,000 full-time employees. “We’re excited to further expand our presence in the state with this new fulfillment center in Jacksonville,” said Akash Chauhan , Amazon’s vice president of North American operations. “Florida has been an ideal location to help enable super-fast shipping speeds to customers and a source of exceptional talent for Amazon. We’re proud to be creating great jobs with benefits for Floridians.” “Six months after announcing a major fulfillment center in Jacksonville, Amazon is again choosing Jacksonville as the site of another facility that will create an additional 1,000 new jobs, bringing the company’s announced footprint in Jacksonville to 2,500 jobs,” said Aaron Bowman , senior vice president of JAXUSA Partnership. “Landing a second facility in such a short amount of time further solidifies the JAX region as a place of unlimited opportunity, fueled by possibilities.” Click here to learn more about distribution and logistics opportunities in Clay. Cecil Commerce Center is located just north of the Clay County border. Possibility Flows|JUST SOUTH OF JACKSONVILLE During the past three years, Amazon has announced multiple facilities in Florida including four fulfillment centers, two sortation centers as well as 'Prime Now' hubs in Miami, Tampa and Orlando. At the new 1-million-square-foot fulfillment center in Jacksonville, employees will pick, pack and ship large items like household decor, sporting equipment and gardening tools. Governor Rick Scott said, “Amazon’s decision to continue investing and creating jobs in our state is great news. I look forward to celebrating the many new job opportunities Amazon will bring to Jacksonville families and their continued success across Florida.” Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards starting on day one, as well as generous maternity and parental leave benefits. “Amazon.com has been one of Florida’s best job creators since they announced their first project three years ago,” said Mike Grissom , executive vice president of Enterprise Florida, Inc. “Since that first announcement, the company has created thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in capital investments across the state. This most recent project in Jacksonville is another great win for Florida and we thank Amazon for their continued investment and job creation.” In addition to competitive wages and comprehensive benefits, Amazon also offers employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay 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 four years ago, more than 7,000 employees in 10 countries have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few. Cissy Proctor, executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, said, “Amazon’s expansion to the Jacksonville area is a great opportunity for North Florida job seekers to get a job in Florida’s competitive logistics industry. We are thankful for Amazon’s commitment to Florida and look forward to its creation of more than 1,000 new jobs in Jacksonville.” “This is an exciting development for Jacksonville and the Cecil Commerce Center,” said Mayor Lenny Curry . “The center is a tremendous asset for our city offering companies like Amazon ample space, resources and accessibility. In addition to the state-of-the art fulfillment and distribution center to be located in northwest Jacksonville, I am looking forward to Amazon’s expanding presence in our city and contributions to its continued economic development and growth.” To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.amazondelivers.jobs. About Amazon - 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 information, visit www.amazon.com/about. Related article from Jacksonville.com here Related Proposed Cecil Commerce Center Distribution Center Could Bring 1,200 More Jobs to the Region A proposed distribution center for Jacksonville’s Cecil Commerce Center would be the latest in a string of recent successes for the city (Jacksonville) as it develops land at the former naval air station. Orange Park Medical Center Opens Level II Trauma Center Orange Park Medical Center opened its long-sought trauma center after receiving provisional status from the Florida Department of Health. For now, it’s the second trauma center serving the Northeast Florida region of Clay, Duval, Nassau, Baker and St. Johns counties. UF Health Jacksonville has a Level I trauma center serving the region. Companies Continue to See the Cost Savings and Advantages of Moving Jobs to Jacksonville “We can have a hard time attracting people to New England because of the cost of living, tax rates and weather,” he said. “But Jacksonville is very attractive for all three. It has a good labor pool, and we want to hire professional people and pay good wages.” UPS Confirms it is Project Mountain, Plans $196 Million Expansion in Jacksonville The United States Parcel Service confirmed Friday afternoon it is the unnamed company in the economic incentive package that has been codenamed Project Mountain. Susan Rosenberg, a UPS spokeswoman, said the global logistics company worked closely with JaxUSA Partnership and city officials during the planning of the expansion project. That project will allow the company's Northwest Jacksonville regional distribution hub to increase the number of packages it can process per hour from 60,000 to 80,000 after investing $196 million. Jacksonville's Office Market Benefited from a Strengthening Economy as Job Creation Continued "With a growing population and a strengthening economy, both national and local businesses look to Jacksonville as a top-tier market for operations," said Colliers, which represented Gramercy Woods in the Aetna transaction. Incubating a Startup Scene: Creating a Vibrant Atmosphere for Tech and Biotech Firms to Grow in Jacksonville When Jim Stallings founded PS27 Ventures five years ago after retiring from IBM, his goal was simply to invest in and support local companies. Today, his incubator supports eight to 10 companies and employs full-time staff to help those companies vet their ideas, mature their product offerings, find new customers and more. “Five years ago, I wasn’t thinking that it would be like this, but it’s really evolved,” said Stallings. Though PS27’s days as the only incubator in town are numbered, it’s not worried about finding companies in the future. With a full pipeline of companies looking to enter its program – including several from outside of Northeast Florida – PS27 is quadrupling its footprint so it can support more startups at a time. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.