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Amazon Plans Major Expansion in Phoenix, Arizona Metro Area

Amazon is planning a major expansion with 11 new sites in metro Phoenix, Arizona. The facilities are expected to be open by the end of 2020 to support customer fulfillment and delivery operations.

The new sites are expected to create more than 3,000 new full- and part-time jobs with a minimum $15 per hour wage and comprehensive benefits starting on day one. According to Amazon, “the news follows Amazon’s recent announcement of the company’s Phoenix Tech Hub expansion at $100 million, which will bring more than 500 new jobs to the community.”

The new sites include seven delivery stations and two additional facilities that support fulfillment operations in Avondale, Chandler, Goodyear, Mesa, Phoenix and Tempe.

Construction is also underway on an 855,000 square-foot fulfillment center in Goodyear, where employees will work alongside Amazon robotics to pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and toys. The site, expected to launch by the end of the year, will create more than 1,000 new full-time jobs.

In 2021, Amazon will launch additional sites to support customer fulfillment and operations, including a cross-dock facility in Goodyear and a delivery station in Surprise, creating more than 1,000 full-time jobs in the West Valley.

Amazon’s first cross-dock facility in the state is also slated to open by year’s end in Phoenix with 1,000 full-time positions. The 600,000 square-foot building will support customer fulfillment by receiving large orders of inventory and redistributing products to fulfillment centers across the company’s operations network.

“We’re proud to be growing in the Phoenix metro area, where we opened our first fulfillment center in the state more than 13 years ago with just 300 full-time employees. We now have more than 17,500 full- and part-time Amazon employees who call Arizona home,” said Matthew High, Regional Director, Amazon Fulfillment. “We greatly appreciate the strong, long-standing support we’ve received from local and state leaders as we continue to grow. We’re excited to create 3,000 new full- and part-time jobs across the Valley, with industry leading pay and comprehensive benefits starting on day one.”

“Efficient delivery services are more critical now than ever, and this significant Amazon expansion will not only greatly enhance last mile fulfillment in greater Phoenix but will also create thousands of jobs for our residents,” said Sandra Watson, President & CEO of Arizona Commerce Authority. “We thank the team at Amazon for continuing to create new opportunities for employment in Arizona while providing exemplary customer service to our residents.”

“We’re grateful Amazon continues to intentionally invest in Greater Phoenix and creates an abundance of job opportunities for residents at a critical juncture,” said Chris Camacho, president and CEO, Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “Their commitment to giving back to their employees and the community is indicative of the spirit of Greater Phoenix, making for a long-term successful partnership.”

“This is big news, not only for the Phoenix area, but for the entire state of Arizona,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “Amazon employs thousands of people in our state, and the company’s decision to expand their operations here will create thousands more job opportunities for our citizens. We are grateful for Amazon’s continued investment in Arizona.”

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