SEATTLE, Utah, Aug. 20, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Amazon has announced plans to open a new fulfillment center in West Jordan, creating more than 800 full-time jobs.
Amazon currently employs more than 2,000 full-time associates throughout the state of Utah, according to a news release from the company.
“We’re excited to open a new, state-of-the-art fulfillment center in West Jordan and to continue innovating in a state committed to providing great opportunities for jobs and customer experience,” said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment. “Utah has a talented workforce, and we are very excited to grow employment beyond the more than 2,000 associates already serving customers in the state.”
The jobs start at $15 an hour with comprehensive benefits starting on day one, the news release said.
“We are pleased that Amazon has chosen Utah again for such a strategic part of Amazon’s business by setting up another fulfillment center in West Jordan,” said Governor Gary R. Herbert.
“As the ‘Crossroads of the West,’ Utah is the perfect place for companies in the distribution, fulfillment, and logistics industries to enjoy great success. This is another example of the strength of Utah’s economy and the high quality of life we enjoy.”
Amazon employees at the more than one million-square-foot fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship large customer items, such as sports equipment, patio furniture, fishing rods, pet food, kayaks, bicycles and larger household goods, the news release said. All associates will go through hours of safety training and have access to continuing education opportunities through Amazon’s upskilling programs such as Career Choice.
In this program, 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 25,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, among others.
On top of Amazon’s $15 minimum wage, the company offers full-time employees comprehensive benefits including full medical, vision, and dental insurance as well as a 401(k) with 50 percent match starting on day one. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of maternal and parental paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families.
“West Jordan is thrilled to welcome a new Amazon fulfillment center,” said Jim Riding, Mayor of West Jordan. “Amazon’s decision to invest here reflects confidence in the City’s business environment and excellent workforce. This project, with approximately 800 new jobs, will provide our residents with even greater opportunity to work close to home. To the folks at Amazon, thank you for selecting the City of West Jordan for this new facility. We are proud to partner with you and are encouraged by the additional growth this project will bring.”
The project is being developed by Seefried Industrial Properties.