Amazon fulfillment center bringing jobs to Texas

Last week, Amazon announced that it will soon build a 1-million-square-foot distribution center in Katy, Texas, that will bring about 1,000 jobs to the area, KHOU reported. The workers hired at this fulfillment facility will be responsible for picking, packing and shipping a variety of items for the retail giant. 

"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 Fabol Hughes, the mayor of Katy, according to the source. 

KHOU revealed that this deal to open a new center in Katy - a Houston suburb - requires Amazon to hire at least 800 people and hold a job fair every year. Amazon will receive as much as a 50 percent tax cut.

"We are excited to continue growing in Texas by creating an additional 1,000 full-time roles at this new fulfillment center in Katy," Amazon North American Operations Vice President Akash Chauhan said in the press release. "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."

According to Amazon, its full-time workers receive competitive hourly wages, maternity and parental leave benefits, healthcare and tuition program assistance. KHOU noted that although Amazon hourly wages vary, the majority are 30 percent more than the average hourly wage in the US.

A new Amazon distribution and fulfillment center being built in Katy, Texas is expected to create 1,000 full-time jobs.