During the weekend, between August 24–25, the denizens of OKC paid witness to the opening of Amazon’s fulfillment center, the first of its kind in the city and the entire state of Oklahoma.
Fulfillment centers are facilities that e-commerce merchants can use to store their inventory. It comes in particularly handy to those who don’t have the storage space for the goods which they sell. Merchants simply send their products there, and the center ships them off to those who order them.
Newly-formed associates with the center experienced a warm welcome from facility staff. The Amazon workers awaited them with a blue carpet, the drummer group Thunder Drummers, balloons galore, and high-fives-a-plenty.
As a ceremonial opening of the building, Hamon Gupta, the general manager for fulfillment centers in Oklahoma City, painted Amazon’s iconic blue line logo on a bison statue. Employees also signed another statue as another token of celebration and commemoration.
The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools also had a cause for celebration. Namely, Amazon gave $30,000 to the foundation for the purposes of funding Oklahoma City’s Prairie Queen Elementary School STEM Center. The industry giant performed this in conjunction with the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, and it said the plan was to erect 33 STEM classrooms across the city.
Governor Kevin Stitt marked August 25 to be the official Amazon OKC1 Fulfillment Center Day.
Gupta expressed great joy for the opening of this fulfillment center. It managed to create upwards of 1,500 new full-time jobs for the community. Furthermore, these workers will enjoy healthcare benefits from the first day of employment.
The center will accept applications for employment until September 19.