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This just in from city of San Marcos spokesperson Kristi Wyatt:

Amazon.com Inc. today announced plans to open a fifth Texas fulfillment center in San Marcos. Amazon currently 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 located in Schertz, Coppell and Haslet, with a fourth facility under construction in Dallas .

“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. “Additionally, over 350 Amazon associates, managers and support staff in Texas come from military backgrounds. 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, and hundreds have careers in its fulfillment network. 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. Once veterans and military spouses join the Amazon team, there are several programs that help them transition more easily into the civilian workforce and connect them with an internal network for mentoring and support.

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.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said, “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. This project is yet another testament to the fact that Texas remains the best state in the nation to do business.”

San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero said, “The City of San Marcos is pleased to welcome global e-commerce giant Amazon to our community. Amazon’s decision to choose San Marcos highlights the city as a great place to do business. 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.”

“Amazon’s selection of San Marcos for its new fulfillment center is a very exciting announcement for Hays County and the City of San Marcos,” Hays County Pct. 3 Commissioner and Greater San Marcos Partnership chairman Will Conley said. “I feel confident that the City of San Marcos and Hays County have both put our best foot forward in giving our community this partnership with one of America’s finest corporations. Having Amazon locate in San Marcos will most importantly create job opportunities and career paths for the residents of our region.”

In addition to competitive wages and comprehensive benefits, Amazon offers hourly employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where the company will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, employees are pursuing degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.workatamazonfulfillment.com.

The project is being developed by USAA and Seefried Industrial Properties.

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