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1,100,000 sq ft Amazon Fulfillment Center will bring 3,000 new jobs to Ruskin

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Amazon officials haven’t announced an opening date, but security guards at the site said it is scheduled to become operational on Wednesday. The parking lot had dozens of cars on Monday.

The 1 million-square-foot warehouse near College Avenue and 30th Street NE in Ruskin is Amazon’s second fulfillment center in Florida. The first, at 1760 County Line Road in Polk County, started processing orders in late August.

The estimated 1,000 workers at the Ruskin warehouse will pick, pack and ship smaller items such as books and CDs to customers everywhere. At the Lakeland warehouse, employees process larger items such as TVs and kayaks.

The Ruskin center continues to hire employees and is expected to hire hundreds more as the holiday shopping season approaches. Pay starts at about $10.75 an hour.

Once the fulfillment center opens, prospective job candidates will be able to apply at the site’s recruiting office. For now, all applicants must apply online at workatamazonfulfillment.com.

The establishment of fulfillment centers in Ruskin and Polk County required Amazon to start collecting sales tax on purchases made in Florida. It also created hundreds of jobs that exceed minimum wage.

Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/retail/amazon-fulfillment-center-in-ruskin-nearing-completion/2197836

About Chen Hue

Hue Chen is the Vice President of Acquisitions for Saglo Development Corporation and is responsible for increasing Saglo’s portfolio of properties. After graduating from the University of Florida in 1999, with a major in Finance, Hue started his career in commercial real estate as a retail leasing associate. He quickly became a top producing leasing agent while working with some of the most prominent owner-developers in south Florida. Throughout his career, he has executed over 250 leases and increased the value of over 40 different shopping center, ground-up and mixed use developments in south Florida and Southwest Florida. Hue attributes his success to a thorough understanding of the major retail markets of Florida, strong relationships with brokers and retailers, and his ability to structure leases that best fit the goals of each investment. In 2012, Hue joined Saglo and brought with him strong proficiencies in finance, mathematics, and ARGUS as well as a real world understanding of retail shopping center leasing and value creation.

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