Amazon has confirmed it will open a fourth North-East warehouse creating thousands of jobs in the process.
Work is already underway on the sizeable state-of-the-art facility located near Stockton close to the A19 at Wynyard.
Asian Standard understands planning permission for the new site was granted in May of this year facilitating the creation of 1.200 jobs. The company however have yet to confirm the exact number of new roles it will bring to the area.
In a statement the company explained: “We are excited about our latest project in Teesside.
“We are in the very early stages of our development and look forward to sharing more information as the project progresses.”
Rumours began to circulate in the media earlier this month a new Fulfilment Centre was on the way assigned the codename ‘NCL2,’ following on from the name given to its latest site, NCL1 in Gateshead.
The opening of another site will mean 5,000 jobs and a further 4,000 seasonal roles will have been created across its Fulfilment Centres in Durham, Darlington, Gateshead and Stockton in 20 months. This is all a big boost to the region
The company say their diverse perspectives are enriched by many dimensions, including race, ethnicity, gender, age, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, culture, language, and education, as well as professional and life experience.
They say: “We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and leveraging our unique perspectives to scale our impact and grow. And of course, applicants from different ethnic backgrounds including the Asian Community will be welcomed.
“We believe building a welcoming and inclusive culture is essential to people doing their best work, and what we can achieve as a company. We actively recruit individuals from diverse backgrounds and foster an inclusive workplace. We take steps to ensure employees have a sense of belonging, feel valued, and have the opportunity, to succeed and thrive.
Amazon’s UK country manager John Boumphrey recently told the North-East England Chamber of Commerce: “We’ve actually been here in the region since 2015 when we opened our first delivery station in Washington. Whenever we come to a region, we look for four factors – is there established consumer demand? Is the necessary infrastructure in place? Is there a talented and enthusiastic workforce? And also, is there a thriving community where people want to live?
“We have found answers to all four of these questions in abundance in this region and we’ve been incredibly proud to invest and proud to continue to invest in the North-East.
“In fact, over the last 10 years we’ve invested more than £650m in the North-East, these are significant physical investments, as you can see as you are driving down the road from Durham, in facilities that will be part of how Amazon serves its customers in the North -East for decades to come.”
The project is certainly welcome as the region looks for a better year ahead.