TULSA -- Tulsa will be getting an Amazon distribution center, the company announced Friday.
In April, 2 Works for You reported that the city was in talks with for their next distribution, or fulfillment center.
“I am incredibly thankful for Amazon’s decision to build a world-class facility in our city and to employ so many Tulsans. Amazon is changing the world and in Tulsa we look forward to being part of their team,” said Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum. “This is the largest new employer announcement in Tulsa history. Our team at the City worked tirelessly with Amazon to ensure Tulsa was selected for this opportunity. We know Amazon could have selected any number of other cities and appreciate Amazon’s recognition of Tulsa as a city where they want to grow.”
A fulfillment center is where Amazon picks items out of inventory, packs and ships them to customers. Currently, there are more than 100 in the United States.
“We are excited to bring a second fulfillment center to Oklahoma and work alongside the state’s incredible workforce,” said Mark Stewart, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Customer Fulfillment. “Support from local leaders has been instrumental in our ability to come to Oklahoma, and we are grateful for their collaboration to bring thousands of new jobs with benefits starting on day one.”
An application was submitted to the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission on April 19 for project "Dylan Gateway." The application was for 82 acres of currently undeveloped land near 43rd Street North and 125th East Avenue.
The plan shows a 640,000 square foot building that is four stories tall. Making a total 2.56 million square foot building on the property.
“Given its location near the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, this Amazon fulfillment center will undoubtedly have an historic impact on our tribal citizens and northeast Oklahoma at large,” said Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief James R. Floyd. “A project like this is a rare opportunity, and we are honored to play a role in this partnership of state, local and tribal entities. This significantly enhances the opportunity for economic prosperity of our tribal citizens. We look forward to a long-term relationship with Amazon and see it as a wonderful opportunity. In addition to the Tulsa center, we have more than 10,000 citizens in the Oklahoma City metro area that we hope to utilize for employment.”
The fulfillment center will bring about 1,500 full-time jobs to Tulsa.
Both Tulsa and Oklahoma City put in pitches for the second Amazon Headquarters to move into their cities. Neither made the short list.
After that announcement, Mayor GT Bynum said he wanted to continue the forward progress the city made during that process. He said he wants Tulsa to compete with the greatest cities in the country for the best companies that are out there.
The company also recently announced a fulfillment center in Oklahoma City.
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