It almost seems like Amazon wants to open at least one fulfillment center in every single state across the U.S. If it’s successful, the online retailer may very well be able to reach its goal of providing services like same day delivery and online grocery shopping to every U.S. citizen. It’s still a long ways off, but the state of Wisconsin now joins 14 other states in taking a step towards the future of online shopping.
Amazon announced today that it intends to build a new fulfillment center in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It will be the first fulfillment center in the state and will over 1,000 full-time jobs.
“We are excited to join the Kenosha community, creating more than 1,000 full-time jobs at our new fulfillment center,” said Mike Roth, Amazon’s vice president of North America operations. “We appreciate the state and local elected leaders who have supported Amazon coming to Wisconsin and we look forward to bringing jobs and investment to the state.”
Like all other Amazon jobs, those who work at this new center will get competitive pay, a wide range of benefits, company stock awards and Career Choice. The latter is a program where Amazon will pre-pay up to 95 percent of the tuition costs for its employees to pursue the degree of their choice even if said degree takes them away from Amazon.
“We’ve worked hard over the last few years to turn the Wisconsin economy around and make our state a better place to create jobs. We are proud to welcome Amazon to Wisconsin and are thrilled with the more than 1,000 jobs their expansion will bring to our state. It shows our economy is growing, our reforms are working and we’re headed in the right direction,” said Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. “This is excellent news for the Kenosha community and the state of Wisconsin as a whole.”
The announcement doesn’t include a date by which Amazon expects the new fulfillment center to be completed, but it usually doesn’t take all that long. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the new fulfillment center open by this time next year.
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