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    Amazon Announces Katy Area Fulfillment Center to Create 1,000 Full-Time Jobs

    Katy, Texas News (March 29, 2017) – Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to open its tenth Texas fulfillment center in Katy where it will create 1,000 new, full-time jobs. Since Amazon launched operations in Texas in 2013, the company has quickly grown its fulfillment workforce in the state to 10,000-plus full-time employees across seven existing facilities in Coppell, Haslet, Dallas, Fort Worth, Schertz, and San Marcos. Previously announced facilities in Houston and Coppell are currently under construction.

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    “We are excited to continue growing in Texas by creating an additional 1,000 full-time roles at this new fulfillment center in Katy,” says Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American Operations. “In fact, beyond the more than the thousands of employees who currently work for Amazon in Texas, more than 160,000 authors, sellers and developers in Texas are growing their businesses and reaching new customers on Amazon products and services.”

    Amazon employees at the one million-square-foot Katy fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship larger-sized customer items, such as music equipment, sports gear, and electronics.

    “We are honored Amazon chose Katy to be the location for their next fulfillment center, and we know the City of Katy will benefit from this relationship through increased job opportunities for our residents and their support of local Katy businesses,” says Katy Mayor Fabol Hughes. “We look forward to working with Amazon and the local team for years to come.”

    Waller County Judge Trey Duhon says, “I am truly excited that Amazon is considering Waller County and Katy for their next distribution center. Their commitment to bring approximately 1,000 full-time jobs, supported by their unique employee incentive program for career advancement outside of the company, shows a significant long-term commitment to help create a diverse and sustainable local economy, which benefits everyone in the County. Amazon will be a very welcome addition to our corporate community.”

    Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards, starting on day one. Amazon also offers regular full-time employees maternity and parental leave benefits and access to innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, over 9,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming, and radiology, to name a few.

    To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.amazondelivers.jobs. The Katy fulfillment center project is developed by Duke Realty.

    Katy Area EDC Statement:
    Katy Area Economic Development Council  wishes to congratulate the City of Katy, Waller County and all organizations involved in landing Amazon as the newest major company to locate in Katy. This project will create over 1,000 jobs and have a substantial economic impact on Katy and the surrounding region. Katy Area EDC began pursuing Amazon to locate in the area in 2015 as the company began examining options for construction of facilities in the Houston region. For this project, beginning in early 2016, Katy Area EDC provided site selection/real estate assistance, proposal development and technical assistance and coordination with the entities involved. On behalf on the entire Katy Area community, I would like to welcome Amazon. We are thrilled to have a world-renowned company select our community for construction of its newest facility.  This a momentous day for Katy and further cements our position as a top destination for leading companies throughout the world.  We are eager to work with Amazon moving forward.

    Lance LaCour, CEcD
    President / CEO

    Sources: Amazon.com, Inc. & Katy Area EDC
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