On Wednesday, Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) announced plans to open three new fulfillment centers in Texas, each spanning over 1 million square feet. The sites will utilize advanced technology to help fulfill customer orders. While cities Schertz and Coppell will handle larger items such as televisions and BBQs, the Haslet location will take care of smaller items such as books, small electronics, and DVDs.
The Mayors of Schertz, Coppell, and Haslet were all "thrilled" by Amazon's announcement, and praised the fulfillment centers as a boon to economic development. Together, the sites will put more than 1,000 Texans to work. According to Amazon, fulfillment center jobs pay on average 30% more than traditional retail jobs and receive benefits such as health care and stock grants.
"We look forward to putting more than 1,000 Texans to work at our new fulfillment centers in Schertz, Coppell and Haslet," said Mike Roth, Amazon's vice president of North American fulfillment. "We appreciate the state and local elected officials who have helped us make this exciting investment in the state of Texas."
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