The new fulfillment center, which is anticipated to launch in 2021, will create more than 700 new, full-time jobs.
“It’s a done deal, Amazon is coming to El Paso, we’re lucky to have them,” said Jon Barela, chief executive of the Borderplex Alliance during a Wednesday, July 22 press conference.
In the new 625,000 square-foot fulfillment center, Amazon employees will work alongside Amazon robotics to pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and toys.
“We’re excited to be growing our operations in West Texas and look forward to building out our network in El Paso,” said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s vice president of global customer fulfillment
Amazon will offer a minimum starting wage of $15 per hour in El Paso, and has also pledged to invest more than $700 million to provide training for 100,000 U.S. employees for in demand jobs.
Last week, Amazon announced it will build a new 820,000-square-foot facility in Pflugerville, Texas, a suburb of Austin. The Pflugerville fulfillment center will create 1,000 full-time jobs, with an expected 2021 launch date.