Amazon fulfillment center ships first order from Kenosha

Amazon announced on Thursday that its new 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Kenosha has shipped its first customer order.

The item was a book titled “Peat Smoke and Spirit: A Portrait of Islay and Its Whiskies” by Andrew Jefford and was shipped Wednesday to a customer in Sonora, Calif.

The first shipment was made one week after Amazon welcomed full-time employees to the facility on June 3. Amazon has hired 1,000 full-time employees who will pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and consumer goods at the Kenosha fulfillment center. Associates are working alongside technologies, including Amazon robotics, which will be used on a daily basis to fulfill customer orders.

Amazon employees are immediately eligible for benefits that include health insurance, 401(k) with 50 percent match, bonuses, company stock awards and a network of support. Amazon also offers full-time employees programs such as 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.

Some positions are still available, and interested candidates are encouraged to visit

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