OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (localmemphis.com) – Amazon announced Monday plans for a second Mississippi fulfillment center, in DeSoto County.
The facility will create 500 new, full-time jobs starting at $15 an hour with benefits starting on day one.
In a tweet Monday morning, Governor Phil Bryant said “this is a tremendous milestone for DeSoto County and our entire state.”
“Mississippi has proven itself to be a great place for Amazon to do business and gives us the opportunity to better serve our customers in the region,” said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s vice president of global customer fulfillment. “We are excited about our growth and remain committed to creating a positive economic impact in the region with job opportunities that have great pay and benefits.”
The facility will be more than one million-square-feet.
Associates at the 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.
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.
According to a news release from Amazon, the company is pledging to invest over $700 million to provide upskilling training for 100,000 U.S. employees for in demand jobs. Programs will help employees from all backgrounds access training to move into highly skilled roles across the company’s corporate offices, tech hubs, fulfillment centers, retails stores, and transportation network, or pursue career paths outside of Amazon.
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