Amazon is expanding its operations in Santa Rosa County which means thousands of jobs will be created.

Shawn Ward, the county’s Planning and Zoning Director, said the county authorized site plans for a proposed distribution warehouse in early June, and building plans are presently being reviewed.

District 4 Commissioner Dave Piech said: “It just means they recognize that we’re business-friendly.

We have a great work pool, talented workforce here.

“We are growing and they recognize that.

“And to get a company of their stature and size to Santa Rosa County is phenomenal.”

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Santa Rosa County is welcoming another vendor to its industrial parks, this time in the form of Amazon, probably the world’s most well-known firm.

Before specifics are revealed, many of the projects in the county’s industrial parks are given nicknames.

Santa Rosa Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree said he was unable to reveal the corporation behind the project, but that it is known as Project “Jungle Cruise.”

The project integrates two facilities in the Santa Rosa Industrial Park that are now operated as a call center by Navy Federal Credit Union. The facility will be around 81,000 square feet in total.

Amazon’s quick expansion in Florida has made the corporation one of the state’s largest employers.

The company already employs over 59,000 people in Florida, and it is trying to add thousands more for new distribution sites that will launch soon.

Amazon’s pay now averages $18 an hour or more across the board, including in Florida.

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It provides flexible work schedules as well as a complete benefits package that includes the chance to purchase its shares on day one.

The retailer’s ambitious development has raised concerns that it would pull talent away from local enterprises.

Local businesses in many places where Amazon has opened facilities say they haven’t noticed apparent personnel deficiencies as a result of the retail behemoth, but they are keenly monitoring trends.

It was previously reported that 85 Amazon facilities are now operational in Florida, with another two dozen projects either under construction or planned.

The nearest Florida facilities include a delivery facility in Marianna that launched in 2021, and respective delivery and order fulfillment centers planned to open this year in Tallahassee.

Source: Pensacola News Journal

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