Amazon is set to create more than 1,000 full-time jobs by opening a 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Baltimore.
The fulfillment center presents a unique industrial development opportunity due to its location to the Port of Baltimore, as well as, its access to the city and interstate highway system, said Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
“I’m thrilled that Amazon is joining our community of businesses that surround the Port of Baltimore. Companies are taking note of the investments we’re making in transportation infrastructure and workforce development, and they’re creating jobs here,” Rawlings-Blake added.
The full time jobs will offer company stock awards, 401(k) and programs like Career Choice where Amazon will pre-pay the cost of tuition for employees to go back to school, said Mike Roth, Amazon’s vice president of North America operations.
Amazon employees will also receive comprehensive benefits, including healthcare starting on day one.
Career Choice was launched by Amazon last summer to allow employees to pursue degrees in subjects like game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.
At the facility, Amazon employees will pick, pack and ship books, electronics and consumer goods.
For this fulfillment center project, Baltimore Development Corporation has partnered with the city, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Duke Realty and others. “Baltimore is a vibrant, growing city that is a great place to do business, and we welcome Amazon as our newest corporate partner,” said Baltimore Development Corporation president and CEO Brenda McKenzie.