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By Jamie Stewart
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Amazon bringing about 1,000 jobs to Shafter

 

Jamie Stewart | The Shafter Press

These spiral conveyors will take packages from each level to its proper section.

The new Amazon fulfillment center in the Wonderful Industrial Park will bring about 1,000 jobs to Shafter.

Public Relations Specialist Eileen Hards said the Amazon location will bring a mix of full- and part-time jobs, paying a minimum of $15 an hour and offering a variety of benefits packages from day one.

"Amazon is proud to open a new Softline fulfillment center in Shafter," Hards said. "Associates of the more than 1 million-square-foot facility will pick, pack and ship items to customers across the region, including apparel, accessories, and footwear. Amazon will also be hiring for roles in human resources, operations management, safety, security, finance, and information technology."

Full-time employees receive comprehensive benefits, including full medical, vision and dental insurance as well as a 401k with a 50% company match, starting on day one.

"The company also offers up to 20 weeks of maternal and paternal paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families," Hards said.

Jamie Stewart | The Shafter Press

Conveyeors will move packages throughout the Amazon warehouse.

Shafter Business Development Director Bob Meadows said the 1 million-square-foot facility is another example of big name companies finding a home in Shafter. Meadows said that the city has so much to offer companies, including a great central location, rail access, one of the only fiber optic networks in the county, and an administration that works to make a partnership with the city an easy and positive one.

Amazon has pledged to invest more than $700 million to provide upskilling training for 100,000 U.S. employees for in-demand jobs. Programs will help Amazon employees from all backgrounds access training to move into highly skilled roles across the company's corporate offices, tech hubs, fulfillment centers, retail stores and transportation network or pursue career paths outside of Amazon.

Current positions can be found by going to amazon.com/jobs. Additional positions will become available later this year.

 

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