Aurora to get Amazon fulfillment center, hundreds of new jobs

Amazon announced plans Monday to open its first fulfillment center in Colorado.
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Amazon announced plans Monday to open its first fulfillment center in Colorado.

The facility is expected to create more than 1,000 full-time jobs in Aurora for workers who will pick, pack and ship larger customer items, such as sports equipment, musical instruments and furniture. Last year, Inc. added hundreds of jobs in Aurora when it opened its first Colorado sortation center.

“We knew Amazon coming to Aurora meant the creation of great jobs for this community and the arrival of a strong corporate neighbor,” Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan said in a statement. “Our community has already benefited from their presence here and the announcement of a second facility is very exciting because it means continued economic growth in Aurora and the surrounding communities.”

Amazon is building a 1 million-square-foot facility at Smith Way and 19th Avenue in Aurora, about three miles southeast of its sortation facility.

"It is a new building and is currently under construction. The center is expected to open before the holiday shopping season," said spokeswoman Ashley Robinson.

The new jobs will pay 30 percent higher than traditional retail jobs and come with comprehensive benefits starting on day one, according to the Seattle-based e-commerce company.

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