Amazon begins hiring for Kenosha fulfillment center

Amazon is now hiring for more than a thousand full-time positions at its 1.1 million-square-foot fulfillment center currently under construction in Kenosha.

The four-story building located northeast of I-94 and 38th Street is expected to open in a few months.

The job openings are in areas including operation, information technology, finance, human resources and facility management, according to Amazon spokeswoman Nina Lindsey, who said that Amazon gives preference to those with military backgrounds.

At the facility, Amazon employees will pick, pack and ship small items to customers like books, electronics or consumer goods. Associates will work alongside innovative technologies, including Amazon robotics that will be used on a daily basis to fulfill customer orders.

“This is an exciting time for Wisconsin, the Kenosha area and Amazon,” Gov. Scott Walker said.  “These jobs are invaluable to the Kenosha community and part of the foundation on which our state will grow and prosper for years to come. Amazon is a great asset to Wisconsin, and I’m thrilled that so many good, family supporting jobs are now available for our dedicated workforce.”

In addition to competitive wages, employees are immediately eligible for comprehensive benefits that include health insurance, 401(k) with 50 percent match, bonuses and company stock awards. Amazon also offers full-time employees innovative 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.

The Kenosha fulfillment center is among Amazon’s eighth generation of fulfillment centers. In total, 109 fulfillment centers are located nationwide, each containing millions of products.

Interested candidates can apply at www.workatamazonfulfillment.com.

For more information on the fulfillment center and its impact on the region, read the BizTimes Milwaukee Sept. 29, 2014 cover story or reporter Hilary Dickinson’s Jan. 30 Biz Blog.

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