- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

CARTERET, N.J. (AP) - Amazon is expanding its presence in New Jersey, announcing plans Wednesday to build two more fulfillment centers that will bring more than 2,000 jobs to the state.

The online retail giant already operates three fulfillment centers in New Jersey with more than 5,000 workers. Increasing demand prompted the latest expansion, its second in less than a year, the company said.

“We place our fulfillment centers close to customers to provide the fastest possible delivery times, and this expansion in New Jersey is directly tied to our increasing customer demand,” Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North America fulfillment operations, said in a statement.

Amazon plans an 800,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Carteret, where it already operates a warehouse with more than 500 workers. The new facility will have more than 1,500 workers.

The company’s second new warehouse will be in Florence. It’ll be 600,000 square feet and employ more than 500.

Last year, Amazon opened a 1.2 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Robbinsville with more than 2,500 workers. The company also operates a fulfillment center in Logan Township.

“More fulfillment centers mean more jobs for New Jersey, and, while we celebrate the sheer number of jobs being created, we also want to recognize the impact that these investments will have on their new communities. The employees who will work with Amazon will form the fabric of their neighborhoods,” Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno said in a news release announcing the expansion.


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