The FINANCIAL — Amazon.com, Inc. on August 20 announced plans to open a fifth Texas fulfillment center in San Marcos. In Texas, Amazon currently employs more than 3,500 full-time associates, has invested more than $400 million in the state and continues to grow its operations to meet customer demand. Amazon’s other Lone Star State fulfillment centers are located in Schertz, Coppell, and Haslet, with a fourth facility under construction in Dallas.
“We have found a dedicated and enthusiastic workforce in Texas that has supported our growth throughout the state,” said Mike Roth, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations. “Additionally, over 350 Amazon associates, managers and support staff in Texas come from military backgrounds. These individuals bring valuable leadership skills, experiences and problem-solving abilities to our fulfillment center – it’s a great match on both sides.”
Amazon actively recruits U.S. military veterans and military spouses to join the organization, and hundreds have careers in its fulfillment network. In 2014, the company hired more than 2,600 veterans into roles at Amazon, joining thousands of other veterans already working at the company, both in corporate positions or in operations management. Once veterans and military spouses join the Amazon team, there are several programs that help them transition more easily into the civilian workforce and connect them with an internal network for mentoring and support, according to Amazon.
Amazon employees at the 855,000 square-foot San Marcos fulfillment center will pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said, “In establishing a new distribution center in San Marcos, Amazon is fulfilling the needs not only of its customers, but the entire community by creating more than 1,000 full-time, permanent jobs, offering generous tuition assistance, and recruiting U.S. Military veterans. This project is yet another testament to the fact that Texas remains the best state in the nation to do business.”
Mayor Daniel Guerrero of the city of San Marcos said, “The City of San Marcos is pleased to welcome global e-commerce giant Amazon to our community. Amazon’s decision to choose San Marcos highlights the city as a great place to do business. This new facility, and the new jobs it will add, fits well into the City’s goal of embracing economic opportunities that develop a stronger middle class and grow our local economy, a major focus of our comprehensive plan.”
“Amazon’s selection of San Marcos for its new fulfillment center is a very exciting announcement for Hays County and the City of San Marcos,” Commissioner Will Conley, Hays County – Precinct 3 and Chairman of the Greater San Marcos Partnership. “I feel confident that the City of San Marcos and Hays County have both put our best foot forward in giving our community this partnership with one of America’s finest corporations. Having Amazon locate in San Marcos will most importantly create job opportunities and career paths for the residents of our region.”
In addition to competitive wages and comprehensive benefits, Amazon offers hourly employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where the company 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, employees are pursuing degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.