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Amazon looks Southwest for latest facility

BY CSA STAFF

Amazon.com is continuing its rapid pace of distribution infrastructure expansion with a planned new center in Houston.

The 855,000-sq.-ft. fulfillment center will employ more than 1,000 full-time workers. Employees will pick, pack and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys.

Amazon currently employs more than 10,000 full-time hourly associates at its five operating Texas fulfillment centers. Elsewhere in the Lone Star State, Amazon currently operates fulfillment centers in Coppell, Haslet, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Schertz, with an upcoming facility in San Marcos currently under construction.

“With Houston’s legacy as a pioneer in innovation and exploration, we are proud to become a member of the community with the announcement of a new fulfillment center in the region,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s VP of North American operations. “We are excited to create more than 1,000 full-time jobs and to become a member of the business community.”

Amazon has been actively unveiling additions to its supply chain infrastructure in recent months. In addition to the new facilities planned for Houston and San Marcos, the company has five new facilities planned in California and intends to open centers in Braselton, Georgia and Kansas City, Kansas, two fulfillment centers in Edwardsville, Illinois, as well as two new fulfillment centers in New Jersey, in Florence and Carteret.

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