Retail giant Amazon delivered huge news to Katy this week.
A 1 million-square-foot distribution center will soon go up in the Houston suburb. It’s being built near the intersection of Highway 90 and Woods Road, just off I-10.
“We are honored Amazon chose Katy to be the location for their next fulfillment center, and we know the City of Katy will benefit from this relationship through increased job opportunities for our residents and their support of local Katy businesses,” said Katy Mayor Fabol Hughes. “We look forward to working with Amazon and the local team for years to come.”
The company, with operations in Texas since 2013, currently has facilities in Coppell, Haslet, Dallas, Fort Worth, Schertz and San Marcos.
“Basically, it’s a giant distribution center,” said City of Katy spokesperson Kayce Reina.
Eventually, 80 acres of open space will give way to a giant facility where as many as 1,000 workers will pick, pack and ship all sorts of items.
“To bring 1,000 jobs to Waller County and the surrounding area is a huge benefit for us,” Reina said.
It’s also huge news to people like Daniella Guardiola who is searching for work in retail.
“It really opens up my opportunities, so I’m excited to see what they have going on there,” Guardiola said.
Amazon says hourly wages vary, but that most are 30 percent higher than the average.
Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards, starting on day one.
Amazon also offers regular full-time employees maternity and parental leave benefits and access to innovative programs like Career Choice, where it 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, over 9,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming, and radiology, to name a few.
“We are excited to continue growing in Texas by creating an additional 1,000 full-time roles at this new fulfillment center in Katy,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American Operations. “In fact, beyond the more than the thousands of employees who currently work for Amazon in Texas, more than 160,000 authors, sellers and developers in Texas are growing their businesses and reaching new customers on Amazon products and services.”
The deal to get Amazon in Katy requires them to employ at least 800 people in addition to holding an annual job fair.
The company is getting up to a 50-percent tax cut in the deal.
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