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Posted on: September 16, 2021

Amazon Announces Two New Sites in Pasco, Creating 1,500 Jobs

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AMAZON ANNOUNCES PLANS TO EXPAND OPERATIONS IN TRI-CITIES WITH TWO NEW SITES IN PASCO, WA, CREATING MORE THAN 1,500 JOBS
New Amazon facilities will create more than 1,500 full-time jobs in the Tri-City region with an average starting wage of $18 per hour, comprehensive benefits, and longer-term career opportunities for local residents
Amazon announced plans to open two new sites in the City of Pasco, Washington across the street from each other at 1351 S. Road 40 East and 1202 S. Road 40 East. The new facilities are slated to open in 2022 with more than 1,500 full-time employees between the two, who will help pick, pack, and ship customer orders to communities across the Tri-Cities, Washington State, and beyond, and receive an average starting wage of $18 an hour and comprehensive benefits that begin on day one, as well as the opportunity to have their college education paid in full. Amazon currently employs more than 80,000 employees throughout the State of Washington.
"We're excited to open two new, state-of-the-art facilities in the City of Pasco,” said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon's Senior Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment. “Pasco offers a talented workforce, and we look forward to growing employment in the Tri-City region." 
“We are proud of the partnership that we have built with Amazon to locate these new operations facilities in our community,” said Pasco Mayor, Saul Martinez. “This will have a long-term impact on Pasco, and it’s an opportunity to open new career paths in industries like logistics, retail, and technology with a company that is known for innovating.”
“The City of Pasco welcomes these new Amazon facilities to our diverse and growing business community,” said Pasco City Manager, Dave Zabell. “Amazon brings great jobs with attractive pay and benefit packages as well as pathways to longer-term careers. These facilities will provide opportunity and help working families across our region.”
Employees at the over 1,080,000 square-foot Eastside facility will play an integral role in fulfilling customer items such as household goods, books, toys, and technology. Employees at the over 1,049,000 square-foot Westside facility will play an integral role in fulfilling larger items like paper goods, pet food and supplies, patio furniture, baby strollers, and outdoor sports equipment like kayaks, skis, and fishing gear, enabling faster shipping times on customer orders of larger items.
“This is great news for Amazon and for Franklin County,” said Ben Franklin Transit General Manager, Gloria Boyce. “Amazon’s commitment to the Tri-City area is a significant catalyst in strengthening the resilience of our local economy, particularly during these unprecedented times, and we are proud to support this investment in our region by providing a transit connection between the two new facilities.”
A job at Amazon can be a springboard to an Amazon career or other opportunities. In 2020, Amazon promoted more than 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.
“Next year we will begin hiring for a wide range of roles, everything from receiving and stowing inventory to shipping customer orders and supporting network logistics,” added Boler Davis. “Amazon offers opportunities for professional development and encourages current employees as well as interested candidates to consider building a longer-term career with us.” 
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. While the company is not yet hiring for the new Pasco locations, interested candidates are encouraged to visit amazon.com/apply 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. To learn more about the steps we are taking to help keep employees safe, click here. 
About Amazon
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. For more information, visit amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews. 

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