Amazon has announced plans to build a new fulfillment center in northern Snohomish County to speed package delivery to customers throughout the county and regions beyond.

The 600,000-square-foot facility will be located in Arlington, at 4620 172nd Street NE, just south of Arlington Municipal Airport and east of Interstate 5.

An Amazon employee is seen inside one of the company’s fulfillment centers. (Photo courtesy Amazon)

The fulfillment center is expected to open later this year and employ more than 1,000 full-time workers. This adds to the 80,000-plus Amazon employees already working in the state.

“The City of Arlington welcomes this new Amazon facility to our diverse and growing business community in the Cascade Industrial Center,” Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert said in the news release announcing the project. “Amazon brings great jobs with great pay and benefits as well as opportunities for longer-term careers. This will help working families across our region.”

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers also welcomed the project.

“As we look toward rebuilding our economy from the COVID-19 pandemic, Amazon’s decision to bring this significant operation to the Cascade Industrial Center will be a boost for our community, workers, and businesses,” he said in the release. “We look forward to working with Amazon as they expand in business-friendly Snohomish County.”

Amazon will begin hiring later this year for various roles, including receiving and stowing inventory, shipping customer orders, and supporting network logistics. Wages start at $15 and benefits begin immediately.

“Amazon offers opportunities for professional development and encourages current employees as well as interested candidates to consider building a longer-term career with us,” said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s vice president of global customer fulfillment.

An Amazon website lists seven fulfillment and sortation centers operating in the state.

The company in January confirmed it will lease a 470-square-foot site in the South Sound, in Lakewood, for one of its delivery stations. Packages are shipped to a delivery station from neighboring fulfillment and sortation centers, loaded into delivery vehicles, and delivered to customers. That facility is expected to open in the third quarter.