The center is slated to hire approximately 1,000 employees.
Last week, Amazon announced that it has plans to open a fulfillment center in Colorado Springs near the airport's business park.
Amazon bought 69 acres with plans to build an 800,000-square-foot building, which is expected to open in the summer of 2021. The center will handle shipping smaller items to Colorado and surrounding states.
“The City of Colorado Springs is thrilled to welcome this new Amazon facility to our community,” said Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers. “The arrival of this incredibly successful and innovative company brings with it a wealth of good-paying jobs in our Southeast quadrant and continued positive growth at the Colorado Springs Airport. I commend the Colorado Springs Airport, the city’s economic development division and our partners at the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC for yet another very positive development for the City of Colorado Springs.”
The retail giant currently employs around 4,000 full-time workers in Colorado, and the new center would add 1,000 more full-time employees to the roster. Wages are reported to start at $15 per hour for new hires, and full-time employees will offer a comprehensive package of benefits. Amazon has also pledged to invest over $700 million to provide upskilling training for 100,000 U.S. employees for in-demand jobs. Programs will help workers 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 to pursue career paths outside of the company.
Amazon also said it's dedicated to helping Colorado businesses thrive. In 2019, the online retailer released a report that revealed the top 10 states with the fastest-growing, small- and medium-sized businesses. Colorado was sixth on the list.
“Amazon’s fulfillment network supports businesses of all sizes worldwide through its Fulfillment By Amazon offering, and many of those local organizations are based right here in Colorado,” Amazon said in a statement. “There are more than 45,000 authors, small and medium-sized businesses, and developers in Colorado growing their companies and reaching new customers on Amazon products and services.”
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