Amazon has announced plans to open a second Oklahoma fulfillment center in Tulsa, creating 1,500 jobs with opportunities for employees to work with robotics technology. A similar project is underway in Oklahoma City.
Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief James R. Floyd noted the proximity of the Tulsa fulfillment center will “undoubtedly have an historic impact on our tribal citizens and northeast Oklahoma at large.”
“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,” Floyd said. “This significantly enhances the opportunity for economic prosperity of our tribal citizens.”
Full time employees at the center will receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, a press release states, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards as early as the first day, as well as “generous” maternity and parental benefit leave benefits.
Employees will also be eligible for “innovative programs like Career Choice, where it [Amazon] will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon.”
The center will stand at “more than 600,000” square feet, where employees will pick, pack and ship small items to customers alongside “innovative technology created by Amazon Robotics.”
The Amazon center represents the latest success of the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s “Tulsa Future” economic development program, said Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal in the same press release.
“The fact that this fulfillment center will feature the latest in automation aligns perfectly with the goal of attracting more new economy, technology-based jobs to our region,” Neal said.
Neal described “strong partnerships” with a range of collaborators, including the Cherokee Nation and Muscogee (Creek) Nation, as crucial to the Chamber’s program.
“Those relationships make projects like this possible,” Neal said, “which greatly benefits all of us in the region and the state.”
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said in a statement that the tribe was “proud to be part of a coalition that continues to locate quality jobs to northeast Oklahoma.”
“The announcement of a new Amazon fulfillment center in Tulsa and more than a thousand new jobs will help build a strong economy for the next seven generations of Cherokees, as well as our friends and neighbors,” Baker said. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the continued joint effort on economic development between so many state and local partners.”
It’s not just the Tulsa center benefiting the Creek Nation, either, according to Floyd — there are more than 10,000 citizens in the Oklahoma City area available for employment at the upcoming fulfillment facility there, too.
“We look forward to a long-term relationship with Amazon and see it as a wonderful opportunity,” Floyd said.