Amazon currently employs more than 50,000 people in Washington State;
new facility will employ more than 1,500 associates
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 20, 2018--
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to open in
Spokane its first fulfillment center in Eastern Washington, creating
more than 1,500 full-time jobs with benefits starting on day one. Amazon
currently employs more than 50,000 people across the state at its
headquarters in Seattle and facilities supporting customer fulfillment
in DuPont, Kent and Sumner. The company has invested more than $37
billion in Washington State, including infrastructure and compensation
to its teams from 2011-2017.
“We’re excited to open a new, state-of-the-art fulfillment center in
Spokane and to continue innovating in our home state,” said Mark
Stewart, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Customer Fulfillment.
“Washington is known for providing great opportunities for jobs and
customer experience, and we are grateful to the dedicated local and
state officials and teams who came together to support Amazon in
bringing a new fulfillment center to Eastern Washington.”
Amazon employees at the more than 600,000-square-foot fulfillment center
will work alongside Amazon Robotics to pick, pack and ship items to
customers such as games, housewares, school supplies and pet toys.
“More than 1,500 jobs are coming to Spokane thanks to this important
project,” Governor Jay Inslee said. “Congratulations to Amazon and all
the local partners who have worked so hard to bring these exciting job
opportunities to the region.”
"We are excited to have Amazon join our business community with a
significant financial investment and new employment opportunities,” said
Al French, Spokane County Commissioner for West Spokane. "Amazon is
another Fortune 100 company to see Spokane as a critical part of their
success and want to be part of Spokane's growth."
Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a
comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, disability
insurance, 401(k) and company stock awards starting on day one. The
company also offers up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave and innovative
benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents
flexibility with their growing families.
“Amazon’s decision to build their new facility format in our community
validates the innovative vision of leaders from Spokane County, the City
of Spokane and Spokane International Airport to create the first
County-City PDA in the state. The West Plains/Airport Area PDA enabled
the public-private partnership necessary to make this site work for our
newest corporate partner,” said Larry Krauter, Chairman of the West
Plains/Airport Area Public Development Authority. “The West
Plains/Airport Area PDA is committed to Amazon’s long-term success as we
view their project as the first in a series of developments that will
benefit from the unique combination of air, rail and surface
transportation infrastructure with available land in the airport area.”
Amazon offers full-time employees innovative programs like Career
Choice, where the company will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for
courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills
are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, over
16,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual
communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.
The project is being developed by Trammell Crow Company and was made
possible by Greater Spokane Incorporated, The West Plains/Airport Public
Development Authority, Spokane County and Spokane International Airport.
To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit amazondelivers.jobs.
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excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping,
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