Amazon.com plans to open its fourth Michigan distribution centre in Gaines Township, creating more than 1,000 full-time jobs with “compelling benefits and opportunities to engage with Amazon Robotics in a highly technological workplace”.
Amazon employees will work alongside “innovative technologies” at the 80,000 square metre DC to pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and toys. The facility will feature technology such as Amazon Robotics that will assist employees in fulfilling customer orders.
“We are very pleased to welcome Amazon to Gaines Township with this new type of Amazon Robotics distribution centre,” said Gaines Township Supervisor Robert DeWard. “This is a huge win for Western Michigan and a wonderful opportunity for our entire region, providing jobs for subcontractors, suppliers, and the 1,000 employees who will join the Amazon team.”
Amazon also offers full-time employees programs like Career Choice, where the company will pre-pay up to 95 per cent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, over 16,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.