Amazon announced plans to open a new facility that will employ 1,500 full-time workers in Orlando, Fla., Monday.
“I am proud that Amazon has chosen the Orlando area as the best location for their new fulfillment center,” Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott said of the announcement. “Amazon is already a major job creator in Florida, and we’re proud that they are continuing to invest in our state and create new opportunities for our families.”
The online retail giant employs more than 4,000 full-time workers in Florida already. Including part-time workers, the new fulfillment center will bring its workforce to more than 9,000 in the Sunshine state.
“We are excited to join the Orlando community, creating more than 1,500 full-time jobs at our new fulfillment center,” Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North America operations, said. “We very much appreciate the state and local elected leaders who have supported Amazon’s arrival in Orlando and we look forward to bringing more jobs and investment to the state in the coming months.”
The 850,000 square-foot fulfillment center will be located at Lake Nona in Southeast Orlando. Workers will pick, pack and ship small items to consumers. The company said that employees at the new facility will have the opportunity to engage with Amazon robotics in a “highly technical workplace.”
Amazon announced at the beginning of the year that it plans to hire more than 100,000 workers in the United States. (RELATED: Companies Rush To Announce How Many Jobs They’ll Create Under Trump)
The announcement was received with great fanfare, and reflected the online retail giant’s expansion into new markets like groceries, hardware and fashion.
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