Amazon is expanding in the River City, with the addition of a sixth 1-million-square foot fulfillment center at Imeson Park in North Jacksonville, Florida. The company plans to hire more than 500 associates.
“Florida is a great state for business, and building this site in Jacksonville gives us the opportunity to better serve our customers in the region,” said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment. “We are excited about our growth and remain committed to creating a positive economic impact in the region with job opportunities that come with great pay and industry-leading benefits.”
“With this announcement for its sixth facility in the region, Amazon continues to be a major driver of jobs and investment,” said Aundra Wallace, president of JAXUSA Partnership. “Jacksonville’s prime location and infrastructure has made us a natural choice for distribution and e-commerce business and Amazon’s sustained success here demonstrates our regional strength.”
JAX Chamber confirmed no economic incentives are involved for the new center. The city and state approved almost $27 million in assistance for the first two Jacksonville fulfillment facilities that opened in 2017.
Amazon said it has created more than 30,000 jobs in Florida since 2010 and invested more than $9.5 billion across the state, including infrastructure. In Jacksonville, Amazon currently employs about 5,500 people, according to the Jax Chamber. This will be the sixth Amazon facility in the city.
“The expansion of Amazon’s footprint in Jacksonville illustrates an increased confidence in our economy and reputation as a center for logistics in the southeastern United States,” said City of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry.