Global online retail giant Amazon Inc. today announced plans to open a fulfillment center in Romulus, the second in Michigan. The operation will create more than 1,500 new full-time jobs with benefits as well as opportunities to engage with Amazon Robotics.
Amazon employees will work alongside robots at the 855,000-square-foot fulfillment center picking, packing, and shipping customer items including books, electronics, and toys.
“Our ability to expand in Michigan is the result of two things: incredible customers and an outstanding workforce in the state,” says Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North America operations. “We are excited to grow in support of the more than 65,000 authors, sellers, and developers in Michigan who are growing their businesses and reaching new customers via Amazon’s products and services.”
Full-time Amazon employees receive competitive pay rates, health insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plans, and company stock. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of maternal and paternal paid leave and benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility.
Amazon also offers 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, more than 10,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design, visual communications, nursing, information technology programming, and radiology.
“Michigan’s logistical assets, reputation as a business-friendly state, and the quality of talented workers offered compelling reasons for Amazon to expand its operations,” says Jennifer Nelson, Michigan Economic Development Corp. chief business development officer and executive vice president. “As a state with a legacy of innovation, we are appreciative of Amazon’s pioneering spirit and look forward to a productive, long-term collaborative relationship.”
More information about Amazon’s fulfillment centers can be found here.