Worker at an Amazon fulfillment center.
Worker at an Amazon fulfillment center.
JEFFERSON, Ga. - Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) formally announced plans for a new fulfillment center in Jefferson, Georgia.  The 850,000 sq.ft. facility will help Amazon move more deeply into furniture and other large items.
 
When opened, Amazon will create 1,000 new full-time jobs at the facility. The company currently has more than 1,500 full-time employees at its existing facilities in the state. A warehouse currently operating in Jefferson describes positions as paying up to $11.50 per hour, and handling items up to 49 lbs. 
 
“Georgia has been a great place to do business for Amazon and we look forward to adding a new fulfillment center to better serve our customers in the region,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s Vice President of North American operations.  
 
Amazon employees at the more than 850,000 square-foot fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship large items for customers like household furniture, sporting equipment and gardening tools, to name a few. Woodworking Network reported in the news of Amazon's larger venture into bigger furniture May 19. The Seattle-based company is eyeing the succcess of online furniture retailers liket Wayfair and Williams-Sonoma in growing its business. It is already offering bedroom furniture, and Ashley sofas, among other items.
 
“Not only is this fulfillment center important to the community and its citizens, but is a testament to our seamless logistics infrastructure which is so critically important to companies like Amazon,” said Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.
 
Full-time employees at Amazon receive highly-competitive pay, health insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plans and company stock. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families.
 
Amazon also offers hourly employees its Career Choice program which helps train employees for in-demand jobs at Amazon and other companies so that they can prepare for the future and take full advantage of the nation's innovation economy. The program pre-pays 95 percent of tuition for courses in high-demand, high-wage fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a future career at Amazon. Over 9,000 employees have participated in its Career Choice, Amazon says. 
 
The employment process is found at amazondelivers.jobs.