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Amazon to open a fulfillment center in Alabama, bringing 1,500 full-time jobs to the area

The retail titan recently opened its fourth fulfillment center in Michigan
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The company also operates a sortation center in Mobile, Alabama

Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) announced that it will be opening a fulfillment center in Alabama, the first in the state.

The retail giant will employ 1,500 works in its 855,000 square foot fulfillment center. The company operates a sortation facility about 4 hours away in Mobile.

“Alabama has a talented workforce and we look forward to making a positive economic impact in a state where we are committed to providing great job opportunities and an exceptional customer experience,” said Mark Stewart, Amazon’s vice president of North America customer fulfillment, in a press statement.

State officials expressed excitement about Amazon.coming to Alabama.

“Amazon’s investment in our community is a big win for the Birmingham region,” said Lee Smith, chairman of the Birmingham Business Alliance in a press release.

READ: Amazon to open an 850,000 square foot fulfillment center in Michigan

The company recently opened an 850,000 square foot fulfillment center in Michigan, its fourth in the state.

Full-time Amazon employees receive a benefits package which includes health insurance, a 401(k) and company stock. Employees also receive up to 20 weeks of maternal and parental paid leave.

The Career Choice program covers up to 95% of tuition costs and has been utilized by more than 16,000 employees.

Shares of the Seattle-based company were down slightly to US$1,723.61 in Friday afternoon trading.

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