Amazon is expanding its footprint in the Alamo City. On December 22, the e-commerce giant announced plans to open two new fulfillment centers in San Antonio, delivering more than 1,500 full-time jobs along with them.
“San Antonio’s diverse industries, skilled workforce, and sustainable infrastructure make us resilient and we are ready to support significant growth from tech-focused companies like Amazon,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg in a release. “We look forward to supporting Amazon as they grow and hire more than 1,500 San Antonians."
The first of the new fulfillment centers, expected to open in 2021, will clock in at 1 million square feet, and will be used to pick, pack, and ship bulky or larger-sized items such as patio furniture, outdoor equipment, or rugs. Opening in 2022 will be the smaller, 750,000-square-foot robotics fulfillment center, which will be used to process smaller items such as books and electronics.
Also opening in 2021 is a new 350,000-square-foot delivery station located at 8210 Aviation Landing, near Brooks in Southeast San Antonio. That facility will be used to sort and load Amazon packages onto trucks.
All together, the three new facilities will bring 1,500 full-time jobs to the region, with pay beginning at $15 per hour and comprehensive benefits and 401(k) matching. Amazon's Aviation Landing fulfillment center will also offer part-time jobs and opportunities with Amazon Flex, which lets contractors use their own vehicles to deliver Amazon packages on their own schedule.
According to Amazon, the tech giant has created more than 43,000 jobs in Texas since 2010. Over the past five years, it's made significant investments in most of Texas' major metro areas, a trend expected to continue as consumers change their shopping habits during the pandemic.
“We’re thrilled to be able to continue our growth throughout the San Antonio area,” said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s vice president of global customer fulfillment. “Amazon is a great place to work with highly competitive pay, benefits from day one, and training programs for in-demand careers. We’re grateful for the support we’ve received from local and state leaders and look forward to creating over 1,500 new, full-time jobs for the San Antonio community.”