Amazon plans fourth fulfillment center in Washington

Amazon is planning to open its fourth fulfillment center in Washington.

The nearly 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Kent, Washington is expected to create hundreds of jobs.

Amazon’s other Washington fulfillment centers are located in Sumner and Bellevue, and a DuPont site is near completion.

Amazon offers hourly employees programs like Career Choice, where the company will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon.

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Amazon fulfillment center jobs pay on average 30 percent more than traditional retail jobs. In addition to highly competitive wages, Amazon also offers comprehensive benefits on day one, bonuses and stock awards.

Brian Bonlender, director for the Washington State Department of Commerce, said: “The company’s decision also highlights the numerous advantages that attract and keep world-class employers in Washington State, including a highly competitive business climate, well-educated workforce and outstanding quality of life.”

At the facility, Amazon employees will pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and consumer goods.

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