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(L-R) Macy’s seasonal hires Brett Deviney, Cody Henson and Casey Nichols load up an outgoing truck during a busy afternoon at the Owasso campus in December 2017.

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Macy’s Fulfillment Center in Owasso has hit its peak season, and that means bringing on extra hands to help with the additional holiday shipments.

Vice President Fred Barnes said every December, the facility increases its staff nearly three times its normal total from about 1,500 employees to 4,500, all of whom are hired on as temporary seasonal workers.

“In the online business, the holiday season fourth quarter is really our busiest time of the year,” Barnes said, “and this is a chance for us to bring on extra staff to help us with the increased shipping that we do direct to consumer.”

The $170-million, 2.2-million-square-foot building, spread over 72 acres of land just east of U.S. 75, is the largest mega center in the Macy’s Network, designed to hold 14 million units with a retail value of over $450 million.

Located at 7120 N. 76th St. E., the facility opened in May 2015 and brings together individuals from across Owasso and surrounding communities to help receive, sort and ship out massive loads of merchandise for the holidays.

Of the center’s 3,000 season hires, 213 are from Owasso and 108 are from Collinsville. Barnes said many of these locals see this as a good opportunity to pick up extra money while increasing their knowledge and skillsets.

“There’s people from all walks of life that come in,” he said. “The fascinating thing about it is we see some of the same people that come in for a season, and they go away and then they come back the next year.”

Last year, the Fulfillment Center saw an average of 250,000 units go out the door during its initial push, which runs from Black Friday to the following Thursday. The company’s second push is occurring now into the end of December, which runs about 30 trucks per day.

Since opening its doors in 2015, the facility has benefited Owasso and surrounding communities in a significant way. According to the Tulsa Regional Chamber, the center represents an economic impact of $800 million to the area through 2023.

City of Owasso Economic Development Director Chelsea Levo said the Fulfillment Center has helped boom the local economy through a variety of ways, mainly by bringing individuals from out of town into the city.

“As far as the Macy’s facility is concerned, it’s definitely good for us,” she said in a previous story. “It’s always good to have available jobs in the area, but it’s even more important that we have the workforce to fill it.”