A view of the “SLAM” line (short for scan, label, apply and manifest) at Amazon’s Fulfillment Center in Haslet. The center houses millions of products that are sorted, packaged and sent out to clients in the region. Juan Guajardo Star-Telegram
A view of the “SLAM” line (short for scan, label, apply and manifest) at Amazon’s Fulfillment Center in Haslet. The center houses millions of products that are sorted, packaged and sent out to clients in the region. Juan Guajardo Star-Telegram

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Amazon to open second fulfillment center in north Fort Worth, add 1,000 jobs

April 20, 2016 6:09 PM

Online retailer Amazon.com announced Wednesday that it will open a second Tarrant County fulfillment center in north Fort Worth and employ an additional 1,000 full-time workers at the facility.

The new center, located at 15201 Heritage Parkway just north of Alliance Airport, will be about one million square feet and is expected to open “soon,” said Amazon spokeswoman Ashley Robinson. The center, in a building already under construction by Trammell Crow, will pick, pack and ship smaller items including books, electronics and toys.

This will be Amazon’s fourth fulfillment center in the Metroplex and its sixth in Texas. It opened a facility at 700 Westport Parkway in Haslet in 2013, where it currently employs 3,000 full-time workers. Its other Texas fulfillment centers are in Coppell, south Dallas and Schertz, with another under construction in San Marcos.

“We are excited to add another fulfillment center to the Dallas-Fort Worth region and to create additional full-time jobs with great pay and benefits,” said Amazon vice president Akash Chauhan in a statement.

The Haslet center uses Kiva Systems robots alongside employees to move products to be packaged for shipping. About 10 miles of conveyor belts also move products from one side of the facility to the other while unmanned automated guide vehicles transport items around the center.

Amazon robots hard at work in Haslet

The facility opened in 2013 in North Texas and now the company is hiring 2,000 more workers there.

Amazon began to open fulfillment centers in Texas after reaching a settlement with the state in 2012 over unpaid sales taxes. In the settlement, Amazon agreed to pay the state sales tax, create 2,500 jobs and invest a minimum of $200 million in Texas over four years.

Robinson said Amazon is already hiring for the new facility and accepting applications online at http://www.WorkatAmazonfulfillment.com. Full-time employees receive healthcare coverage, 401(k) benefits and company stock awards. The company also offers a program called Career Choice, which prepays up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, even if it is not relevant to a job at Amazon.

Since opening its first Haslet facility, the Seattle-based company has created thousands of jobs and become a “great community partner,” said Haslet mayor Bob Golden. Last fall, Amazon donated 47 Kindle Fire HD tablets to students with special needs at Haslet Elementary.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk

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