Tulsa Regional Chamber announces Amazon fulfillment center coming to town

Tulsa Regional Chamber announces Amazon fulfillment center coming to town (KTUL)

Amazon announced Friday evening that they plan to open a second Oklahoma fulfillment center in Tulsa.

This will create 1,500 full-time jobs with opportunities for employees to engage with robotics technology. The news comes on the heels of the recently announced upcoming fulfillment center in south Oklahoma City.

“We are excited to bring a second fulfillment center to Oklahoma and work alongside the state’s incredible workforce,” said Mark Stewart, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Customer Fulfillment. “Support from local leaders has been instrumental in our ability to come to Oklahoma, and we are grateful for their collaboration to bring thousands of new jobs with benefits starting on day one.”

The state-of-the-art Tulsa facility will be more than 600,000 square feet. Amazon employees will work alongside innovative technology created by Amazon Robotics, and will pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, household items and toys.

“I am incredibly thankful for Amazon’s decision to build a world-class facility in our city and to employ so many Tulsans," said Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum." Amazon is changing the world and in Tulsa we look forward to being part of their team. This is the largest new employer announcement in Tulsa history. Our team at the City worked tirelessly with Amazon to ensure Tulsa was selected for this opportunity. We know Amazon could have selected any number of other cities and appreciate Amazon’s recognition of Tulsa as a city where they want to grow.”

“We at the Tulsa Regional Chamber are absolutely thrilled that this Amazon fulfillment center brings with it 1,500 quality, full-time jobs with benefits and professional development, not to mention the significant capital investment in our region,” said Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal. “The fact that this fulfillment center will feature the latest in automation aligns perfectly with the goal of attracting more new economy, technology-based jobs to our region. This is another great success story made possible by the Chamber-led Tulsa’s Future regional economic development program. The Tulsa Regional Chamber has forged strong partnerships with the City of Tulsa, the Cherokee Nation, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Tulsa Tech, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Those relationships make projects like this possible, which greatly benefits all of us in the region and the state.”

“The Cherokee Nation is proud to be a part of a coalition that continues to locate quality jobs to northeast Oklahoma,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “The announcement of a new Amazon fulfillment center in Tulsa and more than a thousand new jobs will help build a strong economy for the next seven generations of Cherokees, as well as our friends and neighbors. We couldn’t be more pleased with the continued joint effort on economic development between so many state and local partners.”

“Given its location near the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, this Amazon fulfillment center will undoubtedly have a historic impact on our tribal citizens and northeast Oklahoma at large,” said Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief James R. Floyd. “A project like this is a rare opportunity, and we are honored to play a role in this partnership of state, local and tribal entities. This significantly enhances the opportunity for economic prosperity of our tribal citizens. We look forward to a long-term relationship with Amazon and see it as a wonderful opportunity. In addition to the Tulsa center, we have more than 10,000 citizens in the Oklahoma City metro area that we hope to utilize for employment.”

Full-time employees at Amazon will receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards starting on day one.

For more information about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, you can visit their website.

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