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Amazon expands its distribution network in Arizona

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Amazon is readying to open its newest distribution center in the Grand Canyon State.

Amazon plans to open an 855,000-sq.-ft. fulfillment center that will pick, pack and ship small items to customers, such as books, electronics, household items and toys. This Amazon’s the fifth warehouse in Arizona.

The new building will create 1,500 jobs. Amazon’s four existing Ari-zona fulfillment centers and other facilities throughout the state cur-rently employ more than 7,000 full-time associates.

Amazon first entered the state in 2007. Recognizing Arizona as a logistics hub and gateway to Mexico, Amazon has invested “billions of dollars” into its local fulfillment center infrastructure and through compensation to its thousands of employees throughout the state. Be-tween 2011 and 2016 specifically, Amazon’s investments in the state contributed an additional $900 million into Arizona’s economy, according to the company.

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