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Amazon bringing new fulfillment center to Jacksonville

[ August 19, 2016   //   ]

Online retail giant Amazon is the latest household name to bring distribution operations to Northeast Florida. The company is establishing an 800,000 square-foot fulfillment center in North Jacksonville.

“Becoming a member of the Jacksonville community is very exciting for us as we grow our presence in Florida. We’re proud to be creating more than 1,500 full-time jobs to join the thousands we currently employ across the state,” said Akash Chauhan, vice president of Amazon’s North America Operations. “We look forward to continue building relationships in the community to make Jacksonville home.”

The new $200 million facility will be located near Interstate 295. The project will create 1,500 full-time jobs, making it the single largest jobs announcement in Jacksonville’s history. At the facility, Amazon employees will pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and consumer goods. Associates will work alongside innovative technologies to fulfill customer orders.

With more than 120 million square feet of available warehouse space, Northeast Florida is home to some of the best industrial land sites in the United States.

“The new Amazon fulfillment center is an incredible win for northeast Florida, and marks the single largest jobs announcement in Jacksonville’s history,” said Jerry Mallot, president of JAXUSA Partnership. “This project further supports our strategy of targeting outstanding companies, and solidifies Jacksonville as a region of wide open opportunity where anything is possible.”