Amazon rolls out ‘orange carpet' for 1st 350 employees at Northside facility

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Amazon welcomed the first employees at its new fulfillment center on Jacksonville's Northside this week. 

The more than 800,000-square-foot facility on Pecan Park Road greeted the first wave of new associates -- nearly 350 people -- by rolling out the “orange carpet” and high-fiving everyone as they came into the building.

The new employees celebrated the launch of the building with introductions from the facility’s leaders, Bernard Schmidt and Mike Bauer; a visit from Jacksonville Jaguars mascot Jaxson de Ville; meeting their team leaders; collecting Amazon swag; and signing the site's first Amazon robot. 

PHOTOS: Amazon welcomes 350 employees at new Northside fulfillment center

News4Jax spoke with man as he was leaving work off the property Thursday night. He said inside the facility, there's a lot of high energy and a family-like environment. 

The first item the Pecan Park fulfillment center received for inventory was a tactical portable powerlight. The first customer order shipped was a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.

Amazon is still in the process of building its second Jacksonville fulfillment center in the Cecil Park Commerce Center. 


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