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Amazon.com picks San Marcos for fifth Texas fulfillment center

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Amazon.com Inc. has announced plans to open its fifth Texas fulfillment center in San Marcos.

In Texas alone, the online retailer 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 in Haslet, just north of Fort Worth; Coppell; and Schertz, with a fourth facility under construction in Dallas.

Serving as San Marcos project developers are USAA and Seefried Industrial Properties.

“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, commenting in a news release.

More than 350 Amazon associates, managers and support staff in Texas come from military backgrounds, Roth added. “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. 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. 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.

Gov. Greg Abbott lauded the news.

“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,” Abbott said.

Also praising the move was San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero.

“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,” Guerrero said.

Amazon fulfillment center employment information is available at www.workatamazonfulfillment.com.

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