, which has warhouses around the globe, announced Friday that it will build a 1 million square-foot distribution center 50 miles south of its Seattle headquarters, in DuPont, Wash.

The center, expected to cost more than $100 million and open in the fall of 2013, will “create hundreds of job with full-time benefits,” the company says in its press release.

At the facility, employees will pick, pack and ship larger items. Amazon also has a military recruiting program and will hire at least 1,200 veterans in the coming year. DuPont is neighbors with Joint Base Lewis-McChord, one of the largest military installations on the west coast.

Indiana-based Duke Realty paid $26.1 million for the property and is building the project with Amazon.

In October, Amazon announced that it was hiring 50,000 more seasonal workers for the holidays.

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  • Guest

    Thank you to Amazon for continuing to stoke the furnace of our economy.

  • FedUp

    No doubt the unions will hire Mexicans to hold huge banners that say “Amanzon Hurts Our Community” outside retail locations nearby. Anything to harass employers that say F-U to labor parasites…

  • Mike Mathieu

    This is going to increase the pressure on local merchants in the Puget Sound who sell these kinds of “larger items” — now in reach of same day delivery, with or without UPS or USPS.

    In a way you can think of these news jobs as part of the gradual replacement of (some of the) postal workers as the requirements on the USPS for universal service let competitors peel off the most profitable routes.

    After Vietnam, vets were guaranteed first priority in filling post office jobs. Maybe we’ll look back at Iraq/Afghanistan and say the same thing about Amazon jobs.

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