SEATTLE — Amazon.com on Saturday announced plans to open its first fulfillment center in Oklahoma, creating more than 1,500 full-time jobs by the end of 2019. The more than 600,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will be located in Oklahoma City.
“We’re excited to open our first fulfillment center in Oklahoma and in a city with an outstanding workforce and a commitment to providing great opportunities for employment,” said Mark Stewart, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Customer Fulfillment. “Amazon is committed to creating a positive economic impact in Oklahoma City and enhancing the customer experience throughout the region.”
“A facility bringing more than 1,500 new jobs is a monumental announcement,” said Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt. “This is a great day for Oklahoma City and we’re thrilled to welcome Amazon’s investment in our community.
"I’m also thrilled to see this facility plant its flag in South OKC," Holt continued. "It’s good for the whole city and we look forward to the catalyst we know this project will be for its immediate surroundings in South OKC.”
“The airport is delighted that Amazon has made the decision to locate one of its fulfillment centers in Oklahoma City and at Will Rogers World Airport,” said airports director Mark Kranenburg. “Amazon’s facility is perfect for the airport’s Lariat Landing, a large commercial development area created on the airport to attract companies like Amazon. We are thrilled to be part of the company’s continued growth.”
Employees at the fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, household items and toys.