On Tuesday, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) announced plans to open a new fulfillment center in Virginia.
The online retailing giant said that the fulfillment center, located in Clear Brook, will create more than 1,000 full-time associate roles. The company did not disclose how much money it will invest to build the fulfillment center.
Amazon already operates three fulfillment in Virginia. It currently employs more than 3,500 full-time hourly associates at its three fulfillment centers in Chester, Petersburg, and Sterling.
“Our ability to expand in the Commonwealth is the result of two things: incredible customers and an outstanding workforce in the state,” Amazon Vice President of North America Operations Akash Chauhan said in a statement.
“We are excited to grow in support of the more than 85,000 authors, sellers, and developers in Virginia growing their businesses and reaching new customers on Amazon products and services,” Chauhan added.
Amazon Clear Brook Fulfillment Center
Amazon plans to build a more than 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Clear Brook.
The e-commerce giant said that the fulfillment center will be used to pick, pack and ship larger customer items such as big-screen televisions, kayaks, and patio furniture.
Amazon offers reasonable pay, health insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plans and company stock to its full-time employees.
In addition, the company offers hourly employees its Career Choice program. It helps train employees for in-demand jobs at Amazon and other companies. The program pre-pays 95% of tuition for courses in in-demand, high-wage fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a future career at Amazon.
“We are proud that Amazon will grow its presence in Virginia with this major investment and new operation that will bring more than 1,000 job opportunities to Frederick County and the northern Shenandoah Valley,” Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said in a statement.
“Virginia was selected for its business climate, infrastructure, strong workforce, and global competitiveness, and Amazon’s expansion is a powerful illustration of our ongoing efforts to build a new Virginia economy. We thank the company for its partnership and commitment to the Commonwealth.”
Recently, Amazon announced plans to create more than 100,000 jobs across the U.S. over the next 18 months.
Shares of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) were up 1.08% in the after-hours trading session. The stock has gained nearly 47% during the last 12 months.