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Amazon expands to keep up with demand

By Louisa Hallett - 07/23/2018
The company is opening a new fulfillment center in Spokane, Wash., the first fulfillment center in Eastern Washington, creating more than 1,500 full-time jobs with benefits starting on day one.

Amazon continues to add to its distribution capacity so that it can meet increasing customer expectations for speedier deliveries.

The company is opening a new fulfillment center in Spokane, Wash., the first fulfillment center in Eastern Washington, creating more than 1,500 full-time jobs with benefits starting on day one. 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.

“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.”

This news comes just a month after Amazon opened another fulfillment center in Bessemer, Ala. This fulfillment center was a whopping 885,000-square-feet and created approximately 1,500 full-time jobs with benefits as well. Just as the fulfillment center opening in Spokane, the Bessemer facility will also be equipped with Amazon Robotics.

Individuals seeking full-time employment at Amazon will 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 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.