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SEATTLE — Amazon recently announced that it plans to open its first fulfillment center in Utah, a new fulfillment center in Orlando, and a new office in Boston next spring.

SALT LAKE CITY — Amazon.com, Inc. announced that it will create 1,500 full-time hourly associate roles at its first Utah fulfillment center in Salt Lake City.

“We are excited to continue growing our team with the first fulfillment center in Utah,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon's Vice President of North American operations. “In Utah, there are already more than 30,000 authors, sellers, and developers growing their businesses and reaching new customers on Amazon products and services. This new facility will enable us to better serve customers and improve Prime membership benefits.”

“We applaud Amazon's decision to invest in Utah,” said Gov. Gary R. Herbert. “The state of Utah's talented workforce and business-friendly environment allows innovative companies like Amazon to thrive. Their investment in Salt Lake City's Northwest Quadrant will be a significant economic driver to attract new high-paying jobs and diversify our economy.”

“We extend a warm welcome to Amazon and its new fulfillment center,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski. “We consider this a perfect pairing, as Amazon and Salt Lake City are both known for our customer service and ease of doing business. We are very excited for the 1,500 new full-time jobs Amazon will create in our community, and look forward to a long future of working together.”

ORLANDO — The company also announced plans to open a new fulfillment center in Orlando, Fla. When the site opens in 2018, Amazon will create 1,500 new full-time jobs with benefits and opportunities to engage with Amazon Robotics in a highly technological workplace.

“We are excited to join the Orlando community, creating more than 1,500 full-time jobs at our new fulfillment center,” said Chauhan. “We very much appreciate the state and local elected leaders who have supported Amazon's arrival in Orlando and we look forward to bringing more jobs and investment to the state in the coming months.”

“I am proud that Amazon has chosen the Orlando area as the best location for their new fulfillment center. Amazon is already a major job creator in Florida, and we're proud that they are continuing to invest in our state and create new opportunities for our families,” said Governor Rick Scott. “Today's announcement is a reminder of the important role of Enterprise Florida and local economic development agencies who have worked to market our state so we can outcompete other locations for these major jobs wins.”

Amazon has created more than 4,000 full-time jobs in Florida since building its first fulfillment center in the state in 2013. The new fulfillment center will bring Amazon's workforce in the Sunshine State to more than 9,000.

“We're thrilled to welcome Amazon to Central Florida, and look forward to this legendary innovator becoming a part of our community,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “We've worked hard to expedite permitting and other County functions in order to get this new type of fulfillment distribution center – including Amazon Robotics and a significant investment in technology – up and running. This is a huge win for Central Florida and a wonderful opportunity for our entire community, including the 1,500 employees who will join the Amazon team and all those who will benefit from Amazon's well-known commitment to the local community.”

“Florida's business climate continues to beat out other states, and we are proud to see Amazon choose the Orlando area for a new fulfillment center,” said Mike Grisson, interim president and CEO of Enterprise Florida. “The workforce, infrastructure and overall business friendliness in Florida lead the nation and this is apparent as our economy continues to grow.”

“Amazon's decision to select Orlando for its next major investment is a tremendous win for the Orlando region,” said Tim Giuliani, president and CEO of the Orlando Economic Partnership. “It says a lot about our status as a major employment hub in the United States when a global leader in eCommerce chooses to add more than 1,500 new jobs in our community. Amazon is also a great addition to our region with programs that provide full benefits to employees while also encouraging workers to further their education and improve their skills through a tuition reimbursement incentive.”

BOSTON (AP) — Amazon says it will add 900 jobs at a Boston office that's set to open next spring.

The online retail company said Monday it has signed a lease for a 150,000-square-foot space in a building along Fort Point Channel. It plans to hire people to work on its Alexa voice-activated technology, logistics and other business lines.

Amazon has space in the Boston's Back Bay neighborhood and in Cambridge's Kendall Square neighborhood.

The new Boston office will be near General Electric's new world headquarters, which is under construction. General Electric announced in March it bought about 2.5 acres (1 hectare) in South Boston from Procter & Gamble.

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