SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced plans for a new 855,000-square-foot fulfillment center in North Haven, Conn. The new site will create more than 1,500 new, full-time jobs with opportunities for employees to engage with advanced robotics. The company currently has facilities in Wallingford and Windsor.
“Five years after announcing our first fulfillment center in Connecticut, we’re excited to open a new, state-of-the-art fulfillment center in North Haven, creating 1,500 full-time jobs that offer wages 30 percent higher than traditional retail roles and include comprehensive benefits on day one, bonuses and stock awards,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Operations. “We’ve found an abundance of talent in Connecticut’s workforce, and we are so happy to have this opportunity to expand in the state to serve customers.”
“This is a significant win for our state’s taxpayers and our economy. Amazon’s investment to expand operations in Connecticut is proof positive that when we work with companies and bring our collective ingenuity to bear, we deliver on creating jobs for the hardworking residents of our state,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy. “With plans to nearly double their Connecticut-based employees, Amazon’s decision to open a third facility here is a testament to the high quality and productivity of our workforce.”
Amazon employees at the North Haven fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship customer items such as electronics, books and toys. The facility will feature innovative technology such as Amazon Robotics that will assist employees in fulfilling customer orders.
“This is exciting news for the state of Connecticut and town of North Haven. I thank the governor’s administration and town officials for working in collaboration with all parties including state lawmakers and community members to show Amazon the remarkable potential of our town to be a new hub for business growth,” said State Senator Len Fasano, Senate Republican President Pro Tempore. “After seeing this piece of property remain vacant for so many years, this new development is a major accomplishment. I welcome the new jobs and opportunities, and I look forward to continuing to work with Amazon as a new local partner to bring new development, growth and vitality to our entire region.”
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.
“We are very pleased to be able to announce that Amazon is now part of our North Haven community. This has been a very important economic development initiative that has been worked on for almost 2 years and is an important economic development success for the Town of North Haven, the greater New Haven region and our state of Connecticut,” said Town of North Haven First Selectmen Michael Freda. “I would like to acknowledge the collaborative efforts of our local state legislators, the governor’s office, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Administrative Services, and the Department of Economic and Community Development for working with my office and the Town of North Haven to help us bring this exciting announcement forward.”
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 high-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.
To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.amazondelivers.jobs.
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