As Amazon formally opened the doors Friday to its largest New Jersey-based fulfillment center in Carteret, the Seattle-based e-commerce giant also announced plans to open another three sites in the Garden State that call for the creation of more than 2,500 additional full-time jobs.
The new fulfillment centers will be in Logan Township, Edison and Cranbury.
The newly opened 1 million-square-foot Carteret facility, which was visited Friday by Gov. Chris Christie, houses over 2,000 employees and will serve as a main hub for the company’s shipping needs throughout the region.
While the planned 1 million-square-foot Logan Township and 900,000-square-foot Cranbury locations will be used to pick, pack and ship larger customer orders like furniture and music equipment, Amazon says the 900,000-square-foot Edison site will focus on smaller items, like books and toys.
Amazon already has one facility in Logan Township.
“We applaud Amazon for investing in several expansions throughout New Jersey and for creating greater opportunities for our high-quality workforce,” said Christie. “Today’s great news is no accident or coincidence. Over the last seven-plus years, my administration has lowered a variety of taxes, improved New Jersey’s business climate, increased the number of well-paying jobs and grown the overall economy. Amazon’s action should encourage even more employers to benefit from all New Jersey has to offer.”
Since first announcing its plans in 2012 to open distribution warehouses in New Jersey, the company’s state-based workforce has grown to over 13,000 full-time employees spread across sites in Robbinsville, Avenel, Florence, Carteret and Logan Township.
“Our ability to expand in New Jersey is the result of two things: incredible customers and an outstanding workforce,” said Amazon Vice President of North American Operations Akash Chauhan. “We are excited to continue growing by creating an additional 2,500 full-time roles at new fulfillment centers across the state.”