New Amazon facility will create more than 1,000 full-time jobs in the Lacey area with an average starting wage of $18 per hour, sign on bonus of $3,000, additional $100 with proof of COVID-19 vaccination, comprehensive benefits, and longer-term career opportunities for local residents
Amazon today announced the opening of its new 510,000 square foot distribution facility at 3300 Hogum Bay Road NE in Lacey, Washington. The facility supports customer fulfillment by receiving large orders of inventory, largely from small and medium sized businesses, and redistributing products to fulfillment centers across the company’s operations network. It brings more than 1,000 new full-time jobs to the Lacey area, with an average starting wage of $18 an hour and comprehensive benefits that begin on day one.
The news comes on the heels of Amazon’s announcement that it will pay full college tuition for its front-line employees as part of its $1.2 billion investment to expand education and skills training benefits for its U.S. workforce.
“We are excited to welcome so many new Amazonians to our team here in Lacey,” said Sean Gimenez, General Manager at the facility. “We continue to hire for a wide range of roles, everything from receiving to shipping to fulfillment centers within the Amazon network. Amazon offers opportunities for professional development and encourages employees as well as interested candidates to consider building a longer-term career with us.”
“We are proud of the partnership that we have built with Amazon to bring this new facility to our community,” said Lacey Mayor, Andy Ryder. “In Lacey, we are committed to creating a multifaceted and diverse economy and this facility certainly helps with this endeavor by providing opportunities in new career paths in cutting-edge industries like logistics, retail, and technology with a company that is known for innovating.”
“The City of Lacey welcomes this new Amazon facility to our diverse and growing business community,” said Lacey City Manager, Scott Spence. “Amazon’s investment and support of workforce and professional development will be a phenomenal asset for the community now and in the future.”
A job at Amazon can be a springboard to an Amazon career or other opportunities. In 2020, Amazon promoted over 35,000 employees in its operations network and continues to invest in the long-term career success of employees inside and outside of the company.
Investing in employees at Amazon Operations
On top of Amazon’s average starting wage of $18 per hour, the company also provides full-time employees comprehensive benefits from day one, worth an additional $3.50 per hour. They include health, vision, and dental insurance, 401(k) with 50% company match, up to 20 weeks paid parental leave, and Amazon’s Career Choice program, in which the company will pay full college tuition for its front-line employees as part of $1.2 billion investment to expand education and skills training benefits for its U.S. workforce.
In 2019, Amazon committed $700 million to providing 100,000 employees with access to upskilling programs through 2025. Amazon was recently ranked #2 on the Forbes World’s Best Employers list.
Investing in communities where employees live and work
Amazon’s fulfillment network supports businesses of all sizes worldwide through its Fulfillment by Amazon offering, and many of those local organizations are based right here in Washington State. More than 46,000 small and medium-sized businesses and independent authors in Washington are growing their businesses with Amazon. In 2010-2020, Amazon invested more than $129 billion in Washington State, including infrastructure and compensation to our employees. As a result of Amazon’s investments in Washington, more than $112 billion has been added into the state GDP.
Amazon has created more than 80,000 jobs in Washington State. Amazon is hiring at the Lacey location now and interested candidates are encouraged to visit website to learn more and to sign up for text alerts to be notified when new jobs post by texting AMAZON to 77088. Job candidates must be 18 years or older and have a high school diploma or equivalent to be considered. All interested candidates need to apply online where they can indicate a shift preference and select an appointment time to attend an upcoming hiring event and orientation. Shift schedules will vary. Veterans and military spouses are encouraged to apply.
Safety at Amazon Operations
Amazon prioritizes the safety and health of its employees. In 2020, Amazon invested $11.5 billion to help keep employees safe and get products to customers. To date, the company has made more than 150 significant process changes to ensure the health and safety of teams with investments in personal protective equipment, enhanced cleaning of its facilities, process paths that better allow for effective social distancing, and developing its own COVID-19 testing capabilities.
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.