Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) announced plans to open a one million sq ft fulfillment center in DuPont, Washington.
Seattle, WA-based Amazon will invest $100 million into the project, which is expected to create between 630 to 950 full-time jobs with benefits.
“We are proud that Amazon calls Washington home and has decided to expand further in our state. Amazon exemplifies our culture of innovation and global perspective,” said WA Gov. Chris Gregoire. “I congratulate Amazon on its ongoing success, and we look forward to working together to support the company’s continued prosperity and growth. I’m pleased that joining with our local partners and Amazon, we were able to bring this significant investment and hundreds of good jobs to Pierce County.”
Amazon fulfillment center jobs pay on average 30 percent more than traditional retail jobs and that doesn’t even include 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 offers full-time benefits including healthcare.
The company also has a robust military recruiting program and recently committed to hire at least 1,200 veterans in the coming year. DuPont is neighbors with Joint Base Lewis-McChord, one of the largest military installations on the west coast, so the new fulfillment center should make things easier for both veterans and Amazon.
“We are excited to increase our presence in the state of Washington with this new fulfillment center,” said Dave Clark, vice president of Amazon global customer fulfillment. “We appreciate the state and local leaders who have helped us make this site in DuPont a reality.”
The warehouse site which the company bought for $26.1 million is permit-ready, so Amazon’s new fulfillment center in Washington could be up and going in less than a year. Duke Realty, a commercial real estate developer based out of Indiana, is building the project with Amazon planning to take occupancy in the fall of 2013.
“We are excited to welcome Amazon as the newest member of our community,” said DuPont Mayor Michael Grayum. “We are focused on attracting new businesses, creating quality jobs and strengthening economic growth. Amazon will be a great addition to the other prominent businesses that call DuPont home.”