Amazon.com, which built a 1.1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in the Alliance development in north Fort Worth, says it shipped its first item from the facility: a "night vision trial camera" bound for Nebraska (shown in the photo above with employee Jill Demuth). More than 200 people are now working at the center and it expects to keep hiring workers to "pick, pack and ship" small items like books, electronics and DVDs, the company said today. It also said its new 1-million-square-foot Coppell fulfillment center shipped its first order, bound for Massachusetts. The online retailer said more than 400 people have been hired for that facility.
Haslet also has a new fulfillment center outside of San Antonio. The three facilities altogether were expected to employ about 1,000, the company said in January, when the centers were announced. That followed an April 2012 agreement Amazon made with the state to create 2,500 jobs in the state and invest at least $200 million over four years to settle a contested $269 million Texas sales tax bill. It had closed an Irving fulfillment center during the tax dispute, which started in 2008
-- Jim Fuquay