DETROIT, MI — Amazon has announced that more than 2,100 new full- and part-time jobs are coming to the Detroit area as the company adds 100,000 new jobs around the nation. The company is looking to fill over 3,600 positions across the entire state.
The company said the jobs will have a starting wage of $15 per hour with benefits starting on the first day of employment. Amazon is also offering sign-on bonuses up to $500.
“We are opening 100 buildings this month alone across new fulfillment and sortation centers, delivery stations, and other sites,” said Dave Clark, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations at Amazon. “We are proud to be hiring 100,000 new associates with pay of $15 per hour or more across those buildings and in our network. Our expansion also comes with an unwavering commitment to safety.
“Collectively, our new team members have already completed more than 1,200,000 hours of safety training, with over 500,000 more hours expected, to ensure that in addition to fast and efficient delivery for our customers, we’re providing a safe and modern environment for our employees and partners.”
Amazon currently has 13,500 jobs throughout Michigan, according to a news release. The types of jobs vary, from packing customer orders to shipping and logistics, the company said.
Amazon has already opened 75 new fulfillment, sortation centers and delivery stations this year and hundreds of additional locations are opening by the end of the year, the company said. In Michigan, that includes four fulfillment and sortation centers, four delivery stations, one tech hub, seven whole foods market locations and two Amazon Hub Locker+ locations.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan previously discussedthe city’s plans of bringing an Amazon distribution center to the area, which he said at the time could bring 1,200 jobs.
Duggan said in August that the city is set to sell 142 acres of the former fairgrounds to two development groups, Hillwood Investment Properties and the Sterling Group, for $9 million. The deal did not feature any tax breaks or incentives, Duggan said.
“This was the single largest development property left in the city of Detroit, and what Detroiters need are jobs,” Duggan said Tuesday. “We need good paying jobs and jobs of the future.”
The facility would open in 2022, occupying 78 acres and bringing a minimum of 1,200 jobs to the city.
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