Amazon Creates 1,000 Jobs With 4th Michigan Warehouse After Receiving State Grant

After receiving a $4 million "performance-based grant" from the Michigan Strategic Fund to build distribution warehouses and create jobs in the state, Amazon announced on Tuesday that it is opening its fourth Michigan warehouse in Gaines Township, a town in Western Michigan. The site will create more than 1,000 full-time jobs "with benefits and opportunities," the company said. The company advertised the jobs, which appear to be standard fulfillment-center warehouse work, as working with "robotics" in a "highly technological" workplace.

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Of course, these are the same - or at least similar - jobs that had some employees peeing in bottles during their shifts because they were afraid to ask for bathroom breaks, according to the Sun, which published an expose about working conditions at Amazon's UK fulfillment centers (others have written about similar conditions at its "fulfillment centers" in the US).

"Michigan 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 Mark Stewart, Amazon’s Vice President of North American operations. "Because of our ability to have more inventory on-hand and increased speed of fulfillment, we are able to better meet customer demand and create more than 1,000 new jobs with competitive pay and great benefits starting on day one of employment. We are proud of our ability to create jobs, spur innovation and provide excellent Prime service to members."

Amazon famously purchased what was then known as Kiva Systems in 2012 for nearly $800 million, then refused to renew the company's contracts with all of the company's clients. The company's robots now work exclusively in Amazon's fulfillment centers. The Gaines Township warehouse is the fourth project that Amazon has planned in Michigan during the last two years. Clearly conscious of its reputation for harsh treatment of its fulfillment center workers, Amazon's press release advertised "competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, disability insurance, 401(k) and company stock awards starting on day one."

Read the full press release below:

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to open its fourth Michigan fulfillment center in Gaines Township, creating more than 1,000 full-time jobs with compelling benefits and opportunities to engage with Amazon Robotics in a highly technological workplace.

“Michigan 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 Mark Stewart, Amazon’s Vice President of North American operations. “Because of our ability to have more inventory on-hand and increased speed of fulfillment, we are able to better meet customer demand and create more than 1,000 new jobs with competitive pay and great benefits starting on day one of employment. We are proud of our ability to create jobs, spur innovation and provide excellent Prime service to members.”

Amazon employees will work alongside innovative technologies at the more than 850,000 square foot fulfillment center to pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and toys. The facility will feature innovative technology such as Amazon Robotics that will assist employees in fulfilling customer orders.

“Amazon’s continuing investment in our state and our people is exciting news,” said Governor Rick Snyder. “We are thrilled Amazon has discovered our talented workforce, creating additional opportunities to provide more Michiganders with good jobs, and look forward to our ongoing partnership.”

“Today’s announcement marks the fourth project Amazon has invested in Michigan in just under two years. Their ongoing recognition of the state for fulfillment center locations underscores a major endorsement of the state’s logistics, distribution assets and strategic location in proximity to the Midwest region,” said Jeff Mason, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “We appreciate Amazon’s continued commitment to growing their footprint and creating jobs here in Michigan and look forward to working with them on future investments in the state.”

Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, disability insurance, 401(k) and company stock awards starting on day one. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of maternal and parental paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families.

“We are very pleased to welcome Amazon to Gaines Township with this new type of Amazon Robotics fulfillment center,” said Gaines Township Supervisor Robert DeWard. “This is a huge win for Western Michigan and a wonderful opportunity for our entire region, providing jobs for subcontractors, suppliers, and the 1,000 employees who will join the Amazon team.”

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. Since the program’s launch, over 16,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

“This announcement is a big win for West Michigan, and is a result of collaborative teamwork between The Right Place, Gaines Charter Township, and the MEDC,” said Birgit Klohs, President and CEO, The Right Place, Inc. “We look forward to continuing our work together bringing over 1,000 new job opportunities to the West Michigan community.”

Comments

Sir Edge Stuck on Zero Tue, 06/19/2018 - 15:30 Permalink

 

Dear Jeff Bezos...

Be Very Careful What You Joke About >> Alexa Illegally Recording Private Conversations

Target Store Was Hacked and Lost Millions of GigaBytes of Private Data

Equifax Was Hacked and Millions of Records of Private Data Were Exposed

Snowden Made Mincemeat of the NSA and Other Hi-Security Outfits

The Political Clinton Campaign Was Hacked & also the US Department of Personnel Management

The US Law Enforcement Department & The Medicaid Privacy System Were Both Hacked

US Department of Veterans Affairs... Hacked... 

 
and that would be just for openers... 

 
He Who Mocks Today Reaps Tomorrow...
 

Wait till Some Hacker Takes your Amazon Cloud Hi Security CIA Info and Paste's It across the Net... !

 
We Will Watch You Laugh That Off Fuzzball...  :o)

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pods Sir Edge Tue, 06/19/2018 - 15:38 Permalink

"get a chance to work with high tech robotics"

Meaning: You will be chased around the warehouse by a robot with a cattle prod.

For poor folk, having job provided "health insurance" might not really be a bennie.  They can have health insurance and have a $10k family deductible and it counts as a benefit, not a deep dicking. Couple that with some nosebleed premiums, and self insuring sounds like winning the lottery.  

pods

 

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PrayingMantis pods Tue, 06/19/2018 - 16:30 Permalink

 

      ... looks like Bezos, the Bilderberg groupie wins again >>> https://m.ranker.com/list/famous-bilderberg-group-members/user-x ... 

      ... if Bezos’ Amazon online business requires all that warehousing for mostly Chinese-Made products (including American-Branded products made in China), how could the Amazon behemoth survive if the US slaps crippling tariff on most Chinese-made products? ... or is it just a “pick-and-choose-which-products-to-tariff” type of procedure? ... so far, the big corporate brand-names are exempt from this tariff ... like made-in-China Apple tech products, brand-name tools, such as Milwaukee, Stanley, DeWalt, Black & Decker, etc. ...

    ... but, then again, China will always find a way to ship their products to Amazon’s US warehouses via a “middleman” country (not on the sanctions list) who would jump at the chance of making a little extra as China’s “shipping partner” ... 

 

 

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dchang0 Mazzy Tue, 06/19/2018 - 18:56 Permalink

Yeah, yeah, the perpetual motion machine argument.

You're not counting the jobs that will be lost due to the tax subsidy. There are local taxpayers who have to pay the subsidy but get less back than they pay in. Those people will be able to buy less and thus will pay less in sales taxes. There are jobs lost because other businesses can't compete for the workers that Amazon can, with the benefit of the subsidy. There is a market distortion where some of the jobs would not be viable without the subsidy. There are all sorts of unseen negatives.

You're not counting any of these negatives. If you add them all up, you'll find that the negatives are worse than you expect.

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Jein No1uNo Tue, 06/19/2018 - 15:33 Permalink

You fucking morons call this a gulag but the cages we're keeping children in are a summer camp. You fucking retarded shit stains with baby cocks taking out your insecurity on the world saying fuck you to everything good and happy because you are so deeply unhappy with yourselves. Your sole source of validation for your worthless existences is sad pathetic unoriginal trolling and sucking Trump's cock you basic bitch faggots.

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snblitz Dickweed Wang Wed, 06/20/2018 - 00:27 Permalink

I take umbrage at your insulting 10 year olds.

As to Mr. (or Ms.) Jein, he thinks he is winning the argument.

Being foul mouthed and shouting down others is how he was taught to "win" an argument.  He was also taught that anyone not cowering to his onslaught has committed  violence against him, to which he is justified to physically defend himself against by hitting you with a bike-lock & chain, or other flail or mace like instrument.

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Endgame Napoleon j0nx Tue, 06/19/2018 - 15:40 Permalink

I have had many jobs—both office jobs & retail jobs—where almost none of the women would use the disgusting bathrooms. We held it all day long, making sure to cut down on beverage consumption at lunch. We were paid beans—BEANS—regardless of sales numbers and all day, every-day attendance in the case of those not taking multiple, excused babyvacations.

It is interesting to note that, while 5-minute bathroom breaks are frowned upon, parents get 20 weeks of maternity & paternity leave. Can you imagine how many 5-minute bathroom intervals childless workers would need to amass to equal 20 weeks of maternal & paternal leave, not to mention the fact that, due to withholding, all of the parents have higher paychecks than the single, childless employees, facing rent that soaks up more than half of their one, earned-only income steam.

The single, childless employees also have zero (or almost zero) access to pay-per-birth, monthly welfare programs that cover the food and rent of single-earner parents, working part time to stay under the income limits for the programs, albeit Amazon employees probably make too much for that even when working part time. And the tax refunds of single & childless workers are laughable, while parents get up to $6,431 in refundable child tax credits and $2,000 for the dual-earner parents. The parent packing boxes at the next station makes more that you, no matter how hard you work.

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