A Celebration Packed with Care
The Business View – May 2018 / News You Can Use
Following an announcement last June that Mobile would be the site of a 362,000-square foot sortation center, Amazon’s pace continued until the facility opened Nov. 15 in time for the holiday rush.
Company officials, including Site Leader John Terzo, slowed down for just a few minutes to celebrate Alabama’s first Amazon facility, holding a ribbon cutting in March.
The center receives packages from eight states, including Texas, Indiana, Kentucky and South Carolina, and distributes packages via the U.S. Post Office to five states including Alabama and the Central Gulf Coast.
If you happen to have an Amazon package nearby, look for the Mob5 label, indicating it came through Mobile. The company nicknames operations based on the closest airport, in our case Mobile Regional Airport.
Employees work on average 30 hours, helping maintain a seven-day-a-week operation.
“What comes in today, goes out tonight,” said Terzo. And the number of packages that are handled in Mobile monthly reaches the millions.
“It’s wonderful to see this facility in action,” said Shelby Glover, economic development project manager for the Mobile Area Chamber. “We look to their continued growth and success.”
“We are so excited that Amazon chose Mobile County, Alabama, as the site for their new sortation center,” said County Commissioner Jerry Carl. “We welcome them whole-heartedly to our community. It’s just one more business telling the world that Mobile County is a great place to do business.”
“The Amazon sortation center is an incredible project that will create hundreds of new jobs for our citizens,” said Mayor Sandy Stimpson. “Amazon is one of the most successful and innovative companies in the world, and we could not be more excited to welcome their first major location in Alabama.”
Amazon says the next big hurdle is gearing up for Amazon Prime Day, a yearly promotional day of specials for its Prime members. The company as it nears capacity for the Mobile facility is expected to hire 360-plus part-time employees and boosting that number to more than 1,000 seasonally.
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