Amazon to Open First Fulfillment Center in Ala.

Amazon plans to open its first Alabama fulfillment center, in Bessemer. The company currently operates a sortation center in Mobile. The new 855,000-square-foot warehouse will create 1,500 full-time jobs, with employees working alongside Amazon Robotics technology to pick, pack and ship small items such as books, household items and toys.

Mark Stewart, Amazon's v-p of North America customer fulfillment, said, "Alabama has a talented workforce and we look forward to making a positive economic impact in a state where we are committed to providing great job opportunities and an exceptional customer experience."

Governor Kay Ivey said the warehouse "represents good jobs for our citizens and the beginning of a long partnership that I believe will see Amazon expand and grow in Alabama in the future."

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