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Amazon to Open Fulfillment Center in Baltimore Creating More Than 1,000 Full-Time Jobs
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Amazon to Open Fulfillment Center in Baltimore Creating More Than 1,000 Full-Time Jobs17:00 EDT Tuesday, October 22, 2013
SEATTLE (Business Wire) -- Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to open a 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Baltimore. Amazon will create more than 1,000 full-time jobs at the fulfillment center when it opens in Baltimore.
“We are proud to be bringing more than 1,000 full-time jobs with great wages and benefits to Baltimore,” said Mike Roth, Amazon's vice president of North America operations. “These are full-time jobs that offer company stock awards, 401(k) and programs like Career Choice where Amazon will pre-pay the cost of tuition for employees to go back to school. We are grateful to the state and local elected officials who supported Amazon coming to Maryland and we look forward to being a part of the community.”
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. 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.
"I'm thrilled that Amazon is joining our community of businesses that surround the Port of Baltimore. Companies are taking note of the investments we're making in transportation infrastructure and workforce development, and they're creating jobs here," said Governor Martin O'Malley. "We know Amazon's decision was based on a solid business plan, and we look forward to working with them as they continue to expand here in Maryland."
At the facility, Amazon employees will pick, pack and ship books, electronics and consumer goods.
“I am excited that Amazon will open a fulfillment center in Baltimore City. The fulfillment center means more than 1,000 full-time jobs with benefits for the city,” said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “As Mayor, I have made growing Baltimore City's economy a major priority. The fulfillment center presents a unique industrial development opportunity due to its location to the Port of Baltimore, as well as, its access to the city and interstate highway system. I am proud of the City's efforts, working in partnership with the State, Duke Realty and Amazon to bring this fulfillment center and jobs to Baltimore City.”
“The Baltimore Development Corporation is pleased to have partnered with the city, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Duke Realty and others to help bring Amazon to Baltimore City,” said Baltimore Development Corporation President and CEO Brenda McKenzie. “Baltimore is a vibrant, growing city that is a great place to do business, and we welcome Amazon as our newest corporate partner.”
Duke Realty is building the project in Baltimore. To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.amazonfulfillmentcareers.com.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books; Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home & Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel, Shoes & Jewelry; Health & Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial. Amazon Web Services provides Amazon's developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon's own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business. Kindle Paperwhite is the world's best-selling and most advanced e-reader. It features new display technology with higher contrast, the next generation built-in light, a faster processor, the latest touch technology, and exclusive new features designed from the ground up for readers. Kindle, the lightest and smallest Kindle, features improved fonts and faster page turns. The new Kindle Fire HDX features a stunning exclusive 7” or 8.9” HDX display, a quad-core 2.2 GHz processor, 2x more memory, and 11 hours of battery life, as well as exclusive new features of Fire OS 3.0 including X-Ray for Music, Second Screen, Prime Instant Video downloads, and the revolutionary new Mayday button. The all-new Kindle Fire HD includes an HD display, high-performance processor and dual speakers at a breakthrough price.
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This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from management's expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to competition, management of growth, new products, services and technologies, potential fluctuations in operating results, international expansion, outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment and data center optimization, seasonality, commercial agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, foreign exchange rates, system interruption, inventory, government regulation and taxation, payments and fraud. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings.
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