Amazon announced Tuesday they will be opening a fulfillment center in Dallas, the third in North Texas and the fourth in the state.
The new 500,000 square-foot facility, which is currently under construction, will be located at the northeast corner of Interstate 45 and Interstate 20 and will bring about 500 new jobs to the area when the facility opens early in 2016.
Employees at the Dallas fulfillment center will process smaller items, such as books, electronics and consumer goods, Amazon said Tuesday.
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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said, "We are thrilled that Amazon chose Dallas as the location for its new fulfillment center. The company has been innovative in not only the level of technology it uses to get packages to our doorsteps, but also in its ability to create quality jobs for a diverse community throughout North Texas."
Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price said he is excited to see job growth in this part of Dallas County.
"The fact is, it is long overdue,” said Price, who added the facility will be a catalyst for what is going on in the county's southern sector.
The company said they offer employees wages higher than traditional retail stores and include bonuses and other benefits from day one.
"We are proud to continue creating hundreds of new full-time jobs in Texas that offer wages 30 percent higher than traditional retail stores and include comprehensive benefits on day one, bonuses and stock awards," said Mike Roth, Amazon's vice president of North America operations. "Our growth in Texas has been a team effort between the amazing workforce in the state and the incredible support we have received from local communities."
Amazon has created 3,500 jobs since coming to Texas and have invested more than $400 million in the state. They already have locations in Coppell, Haslet, and Schertz.
To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.workatamazonfulfillment.com.