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Amazon's Expansion Into Polk County Continues With Auburndale Fulfillment Center

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Amazon announced it is opening a fulfillment center in Auburndale that will create more than 500 full-time jobs. CMS WIRE

Amazon’s expansion into Polk County continues with the announcement of a second fulfillment center there.

On Tuesday, Amazon announced it is opening the fulfillment center in Auburndale, creating more than 500 full-time jobs starting at $15 an hour.

“Amazon’s new distribution center in Auburndale is a big win for Polk County and our entire state,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said. “We are grateful that Amazon recognizes Florida’s investment value and look forward to the economic benefits and job opportunities this new center will provide for our residents.”

Earlier this year, Amazon announced it was planning a new cargo operation at Lakeland Linder International Airport that is expected to generate between 800 and 1,000 new jobs.

The new 1 million-square-foot Auburndale operation will join a similarly sized fulfillment center in Lakeland and a sort facility in Davenport.

“Amazon has been an impactful employer providing good jobs and expanded tax base for Polk County citizens,” said George Lindsey, chairman for Polk County Board of County Commissioners. “They continue to invest in our community further strengthening our economic prosperity.”

Amazon currently employs 13,500 full-time workers across Florida.

“Auburndale is pleased to have Amazon join the family of businesses that call our city home,” Auburndale Mayor Tim Pospichal said. “We look forward to the opportunities this fulfillment center will provide the residents of our city.”