Amazon touts second fulfillment center in Oklahoma City through Business Wire release
Published: December 5th, 2020
SEATTLE – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Dec. 3, 2020 – Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) this week touted plans to open a new fulfillment center in Oklahoma City.
According to a release sent to The City Sentinel, CapitolBeatOK.com and other news organizations, “The new fulfillment center, which is anticipated to launch in 2021, will create over 500 new full-time jobs with industry-leading pay and comprehensive benefits starting on day one.”
“We’re thrilled to announce a new fulfillment center in Oklahoma City as we strive to better serve our customers throughout the state,” said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s vice president of global customer fulfillment.
“Our growth in Oklahoma wouldn’t be possible without the amazing local workforce and strong support we’ve received from local and state leaders,” she said in the Business Wire release.
The press release narrative continued, “Every day at Amazon, incredible employees come together to deliver magical experiences for customers. In the new one million square-foot fulfillment center Amazon associates will work to pick, pack, and ship bulky or larger-sized customer items such as patio furniture, outdoor equipment, or rugs.”
Steve Lackmeyer, a reporter who covers Oklahoma’s capital city for the state’s largest newspaper, first reported on Amazon’s plans back in July (https://oklahoman.com/article/5667245/amazon-set-to-expand-with-1-million-square-foot-facility-estimated-to-employ-1000).
In this week’s release, Governor Kevin Stitt hailed the content of the formal announcement, asserting, “Amazon’s new facility is another testament to the nation and the world that Oklahoma is open for business. As governor, it is my priority to foster a climate where businesses can grow, thrive and expand in order to provide jobs for hardworking Oklahomans to support their families. I salute Amazon on its expansion and look forward to its continued growth in our state.”
This week’s Business Wire release continued, “On top of Amazon’s industry-leading minimum $15 per hour wage, the company offers full-time employees comprehensive benefits including full medical, vision, and dental insurance as well as a 401(k) with 50 percent match starting on day one. Amazon prioritizes the safety and health of its employees and has invested millions of dollars to provide a safe workplace. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of maternal and parental paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility to support their growing families.”
Mayor David Holt also welcomed the additional facility, saying: “We appreciate Amazon’s continued investment in Oklahoma City and look forward to the positive impact their presence will have on future job creation and the overall economy of our great city.”
The recent release described ways that “Amazon leverages its scale for good to support local communities. Amazon has also pledged to invest over $700 million to provide up-skilling training for 100,000 U.S. employees for in-demand jobs. The programs will help Amazon team members from all backgrounds access training to move into highly skilled roles across the company’s corporate offices, tech hubs, fulfillment centers, retail stores, and transportation network, or pursue career paths outside of Amazon.”
“Amazon’s continued growth in Oklahoma City is a recognition of the strength of our market,” said Roy Williams, President and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. “These 500 jobs are particularly important as people who have lost jobs due to the pandemic are looking for long-term stable employment.”
Amazon in Oklahoma:
• Since 2010, Amazon has created more than 4,000 jobs in Oklahoma and invested more than $650 million across the state, including infrastructure and compensation to its employees.
• Amazon’s investments have contributed more than $530 million in GDP to the Oklahoma economy and have helped create over 4,100 indirect jobs on top of Amazon’s direct hires – from jobs in construction and logistics to professional services.
• More than 14,000 independent authors and small and medium businesses in Oklahoma are selling to customers in Amazon’s store, creating thousands of additional jobs across the state.
The company with worldwide reach is not new to investment and involvement the Sooner State and it’s largest city.
Last spring, as virtual education dramatically expanded its reach after the scourge of the Coronovarus (COVID-19) accelerated around the world, The City Sentinel newspaper surveyed news of Amazon’s steps to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education, including in Oklahoma. (https://capitolbeatok.worldsecuresystems.com/reports/in-a-time-of-trouble-amazon-moves-to-support-stem-education).
About Amazon: According to Amazon literature, “Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.
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Editor’s note: To read the original of this week’s release from Business Wire (a Berkshire Hathaway Company), go to: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201203005651/en/Amazon-Announces-New-Fulfillment-Center-in-Oklahoma-City