With an investment expected to exceed $200 million, Amazon plans to open a one million-square-foot “fulfillment center,” creating “hundreds of full-time jobs with benefits,” near the New Jersey Turnpike in Robbinsville Township, the online retailer announced this morning (Jan. 8) in a news release.
“Phase one of Amazon’s new state-of-the-art fulfillment center in Robbinsville will spur growth and investment for the Garden State and our local economies while bringing meaningful job creation opportunities for New Jersey’s families,” Gov. Chris Christie said in the news release.
“Amazon’s multi-million dollar investment in this one facility alone is expected to result in the creation of hundreds of full-time jobs in addition to temporary, seasonal and construction jobs,” Christie added. “Today’s announcement represents the strength of our successful partnership with Amazon and I want to express our sincere thanks for their continued commitment to investing in our state and bringing these job opportunities to our residents.”
“We are extremely excited to welcome Amazon to Robbinsville Township,’’ Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried said. “We understand Amazon could have chosen anywhere in New Jersey to build its new distribution center, and we are fortunate to have the infrastructure and resources to meet their needs and consummate one of the most sought-after business partnerships in recent memory. With hundreds of new jobs and the tax revenue for our Township, we are obviously thrilled Amazon chose Robbinsville.’’
At the new facility, Amazon employees will pick, pack and ship smaller items like books and DVDs to customers. Amazon fulfillment center jobs pay “on average 30 percent more than traditional retail jobs and that doesn't even include the stock grants that full-time employees receive, which over the past five years have added an average of 9 percent to base pay annually,” according to the release, which noted that Amazon offers employees fulltime benefits including healthcare.
“Amazon’s decision to move to Mercer County is a prime indicator of the value of this central New Jersey region,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “Amazon is forecasting hiring for hundreds of positions, and I’m confident they will find hardworking, desirable candidates for those jobs right here in Mercer County.”
“We are excited to open our first fulfillment center in New Jersey, bringing jobs and investment to Robbinsville Township,” said Mike Roth, vice president of Amazon’s North American Operations. “We appreciate the support of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, New Jersey Business Action Center, and other state and local leaders who have worked with us to find this site.”
Private equity firm KTR Capital Partners is building the facility, with Amazon planning to take occupancy in early 2014.