SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon today announced plans to open a new fulfillment center in Clear Brook, Virginia, which will create more than 1,000 full-time associate roles when opened. Amazon currently employs more than 3,500 full-time hourly associates at its three existing Virginia fulfillment centers in Chester, Petersburg and Sterling.
“Our ability to expand in the Commonwealth is the result of two things: incredible customers and an outstanding workforce in the state,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Operations. “We are excited to grow in support of the more than 85,000 authors, sellers, and developers in Virginia growing their businesses and reaching new customers on Amazon products and services.”
“We are proud that Amazon will grow its presence in Virginia with this major investment and new operation that will bring more than 1,000 job opportunities to Frederick County and the northern Shenandoah Valley,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe. “Virginia was selected for its business climate, infrastructure, strong workforce, and global competitiveness, and Amazon’s expansion is a powerful illustration of our ongoing efforts to build a new Virginia economy. We thank the company for its partnership and commitment to the Commonwealth.”
Amazon employees at the more than 1 million-square-foot Clear Brook fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship larger customer items such as big-screen televisions, kayaks and patio furniture.
“It is exciting to see the Amazon brand represented throughout the Commonwealth and continuing to grow,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore. “With the third-largest state-maintained transportation network, Virginia is within a one-day drive of more than 40 percent of the U.S., making the Commonwealth and Frederick County an ideal location for the distribution and global logistics industry. Amazon is a valued corporate citizen and employer in Virginia, and we look forward to watching its ongoing success.”
Full-time employees at Amazon receive highly competitive pay, health insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plans and company stock. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families. Amazon also offers hourly employees its Career Choice program which helps train employees for in-demand jobs at Amazon and other companies so that they can prepare for the future and take full advantage of the nation's innovation economy. The program pre-pays 95% of tuition for courses in in-demand, high-wage fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a future career at Amazon. Over 9,000 employees have participated in Career Choice and more are signing up every day.
Amazon recently announced plans to create more than 100,000 jobs across the U.S. over the next 18 months. You can learn more about working at Amazon by visiting http://www.amazon.jobs.
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.