Editor's note: The video in this story is from the Sept. 2018 opening of an Amazon facility in north Houston
FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas — Construction is getting underway on a new Amazon facility that will bring hundreds of jobs to Fort Bend County, officials announced Thursday.
County Judge KP George announced the development of a "state-of-the-art Amazon e-commerce center" being built in Richmond.
“Last year, I penned a letter to Amazon to put Fort Bend County on the map as an ideal location for industries of the 21st century. Today, I am proud to announce that construction is underway on a state-of-the-art Amazon e-commerce center in Richmond, Texas,” stated the judge.
The announcement comes just one day after news that Google is opening an office in Houston, although it won't be anywhere near the size of Amazon's facility.
County officials said Amazon’s Fort Bend fulfillment center will “generate 1,000 high-quality jobs for our community, adding tremendous value to our commercial sector.”
Judge George added that Amazon’s minimum wage starts at $15, and the company offers full-time employees comprehensive benefits including full medical, vision, and dental insurance as well as a 401(k) with 50 percent match starting on day one.
Construction to wrap up next year
Trammell Crow Company is the real estate developer behind the construction. The company stated Thursday the facility will be located on 93.5 acres at 10507 Harlem Road. It will have an 850,000-square-foot footprint and should open in 2021.
How to apply for an Amazon job
At last check Amazon had not yet posted any job openings related to the new facility. But you can keep an eye on the Amazon job listings and search for career opportunities here: https://www.amazon.jobs/en/