Amazon to build two fulfillment centers in Bay area, create 1,000 jobs

TAMPA - Amazon.com, Inc. confirmed plans on Tuesday to open two fulfillment centers in the Bay area.   

The locations will be in Hillsborough County and Lakeland.  Each facility will be more than 1 million square feet.  Between each location, Amazon will create more than 1,000 full-time jobs.

The Hillsborough facility will be located in the Southshore Corporate Park in Ruskin.  The Lakeland location has not been disclosed, yet.

 "We look forward to offering more than 1,000 full-time jobs with comprehensive benefits at our new fulfillment centers in Hillsborough County and Lakeland, Florida," said Mike Roth, Amazon's vice president of North America operations. "We appreciate the state, city and county officials who have worked with us to bring these fulfillment centers to Florida. We're excited to join the community, bringing great jobs and investment to the area."

According to Amazon, their 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.

Gov. Rick Scott said, "On behalf of all Floridians, we welcome Amazon and the great jobs and opportunities that their expansion brings to Florida families."

At the new Lakeland facility, Amazon employees will pick, pack and ship large items to customers, such as kayaks, televisions and more. At the Hillsborough location, employees will send smaller items to customers—anything from books, electronics and consumer goods.

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