Amazon announces three new fulfillment centers in Texas
February 3, 2013 | 2:00 pm
By Dan Eldridge
Amazon last week announced plans to open three new fulfillment centers in the state of Texas, creating more than 1,000 jobs. The sites, which will utilize advanced technology to help fulfill customer orders, will be located in the cities of Coppell, Haslet and Schertz. Coppell and Haslet are both located north of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, while Schertz is located just outside San Antonio.
According to a release, Amazon fulfillment center jobs pay on average 30 percent more than traditional retail jobs, not including the stock grants that full-time employees receive, which over the past five years have added an average of 9 percent to base pay annually. Amazon also offers full-time benefits to its fulfillment center employees, including healthcare.
“This is the biggest economic development partnership announcement in the history of our city,” said city of Haslet Mayor Bob Golden. “The jobs and potential tax base that this development will bring to our community is a major milestone in our city’s growth.”
The 1.2 million-square-foot site in Schertz and the 1 million-square-foot site in Coppell will handle larger items—anything from televisions to barbeques, for example. The 1.1 million-square-foot site in Haslet will handle smaller items such as books, small electronics or DVDs.