Amazon to open fifth fulfillment center in Texas

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is opening a fulfillment center in San Marcos, Texas, making it the fifth Amazon fulfillment center in Texas.

Currently, Amazon employs more than 3,500 full-time associates, has invested more than $400 million in the state, and continues to grow. Other Texas facilities are located in Schertz, Coppell, Haslet and Dallas (under construction). The news of a new Texas fulfillment center comes just a few months after Amazon announced the opening of a fulfillment center in Shakopee, Minnesota.

"We have found a dedicated and enthusiastic workforce in Texas that has supported our growth throughout the state," said Mike Roth, Amazon's VP of North American operations. "Additionally, over 350 Amazon associates, managers and support staff in Texas come from military backgrounds. These individuals bring valuable leadership skills, experiences and problem-solving abilities to our fulfillment center—it's a great match on both sides."

The new fulfillment center will span 855,000 sq. ft., providing a space to store and ship smaller customer items such as books, electronics and toys.

Amazon will offer more than 1,000 full-time jobs at the new fulfillment center. Benefits for hourly employees include Career Choice, a program in which the company prepays up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields. Since the program launched, employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology.

"Amazon's decision to choose San Marcos highlights the city as a great place to do business," said Mayor Daniel Guerrero. "This new facility, and the new jobs it will add, fits well into the city's goal of embracing economic opportunities that develop a stronger middle class and grow our local economy, a major focus of our comprehensive plan."

Amazon continues to beef up its fulfillment services after announcing the launch of same-day delivery in 14 U.S. cities.

For more:
-See this Amazon press release

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