Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced it will open a new fulfillment center in Kansas City, Kansas. The new facility, the second large-sized fulfillment center Amazon has announced within a span of four months, will create over 1,000 full-time roles. In addition to the new fulfillment center in Wyandotte County and the upcoming facility in Edgerton, Amazon has existing Kansas facilities in Lenexa.
“We are thrilled to continue investing in Kansas, proud of our ability to create great jobs, and most importantly, excited to better serve our customers throughout the Midwest,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations. “Together with the addition of the Kansas City and the Edgerton fulfillment centers, there will be 2,000 new Amazon jobs in Kansas and none of this would be have been possible without the support we’ve received from state and community leaders.”
Governor Sam Brownback stated, “Strategically located in the middle of the country, Kansas is an ideal home for businesses looking for a skilled workforce and pro-growth environment. The state is dedicated to attracting companies and helping them grow and create jobs. I am proud that Amazon has chosen to once again expand its footprint in the state and am confident this continued partnership will benefit all Kansans.”
Amazon employees at the 855,000-plus square-foot Kansas City fulfillment center will pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys.
Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards, starting on day one. Amazon also offers regular full-time employees maternity and paternal leave benefits and access to innovative programs like Career Choice, where it 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, employees are pursuing degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming, and radiology, to name a few.
“This is a transformative capital investment in our city. It continues the growth Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, has enjoyed for more than a decade, building on its status as a leading job creator in the state,” said Kansas City Mayor and Unified Government CEO Mark Holland. “But most significantly, it is transformative because of the quality employment opportunity Amazon will offer. Our residents will now have access to a career pathway that includes not only a job, but a chance at an education. I’m thrilled to welcome Amazon to our community.”
Greg Kindle, President of Wyandotte Economic Development Council said, “The investment Amazon is making in Wyandotte County is more than an economic development success, it is also a key component to solving the employment gap. Bringing new jobs and the opportunity for career paths to Wyandotte County is essential to growing our local economy.”
“This exciting project again demonstrates how important Wyandotte County is to the overall Kansas economy and why the Unified Government is recognized as a progressive, innovative and business friendly local government,” said Doug Bach, Unified Government County Administrator.
To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.amazondelivers.jobs.
The project is being developed by Seefried Industrial Properties and USAA.
This project is a joint effort of the following partner organizations:
Kansas Department of Commerce
Kansas Department of Transportation
Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS
Wyandotte County Economic Development Council
Council to WYEDC
Board of Public Utilities
Kansas Gas Service
KCK Community College
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