Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced plans to open a 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Kenosha, Wis. Amazon will create more than 1,000 full-time jobs at the fulfillment center when it opens.
“We are excited to join the Kenosha community, creating more than 1,000 full-time jobs at our new fulfillment center,” said Mike Roth, Amazon’s vice president of North America operations. “We appreciate the state and local elected leaders who have supported Amazon coming to Wisconsin and we look forward to bringing jobs and investment to the state.”
Amazon fulfillment center jobs pay on average 30 percent more than traditional retail jobs and that doesn’t even include the stock grants that full-time employees receive. Amazon employees receive comprehensive benefits, including healthcare starting on day one, 401(k) and company stock awards.
“We’ve worked hard over the last few years to turn the Wisconsin economy around and make our state a better place to create jobs. We are proud to welcome Amazon to Wisconsin and are thrilled with the more than 1,000 jobs their expansion will bring to our state. It shows our economy is growing, our reforms are working and we’re headed in the right direction,” said Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. “This is excellent news for the Kenosha community and the state of Wisconsin as a whole.”
Amazon also 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 last summer, employees are pursuing degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.
At the facility, Amazon employees will pick, pack and ship small items to customers like books, electronics or consumer goods.
“We appreciate all the parties involved working closely together to carefully curate the successful completion of this project,” said Mayor Keith Bosman of Kenosha. “We’re very proud to have a leading company like Amazon in the community and excited about the more than 1,000 full-time jobs with great pay and benefits that the company will create in Kenosha.”