July 12, 2017

Amazon confirms fulfillment center with 1,500 jobs near Orlando airport [Orlando Sentinel]

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Kyle Arnold of the Orlando Sentinel writes:

"Amazon has made it official: It will build a new warehouse south of Orlando International Airport that will open in 2018 with 1,500 new jobs.

The high-tech facility would have potential to expand to 2.4 million square feet to supply the region’s growing need for e-commerce delivery, according to planning documents filed with Orange County.

Amazon said full-time jobs at the new warehouse would come with benefits such as health insurance, a retirement savings plan, 20 weeks of paid parental leave and tuition reimbursement in related fields.

If wages are in line with other Amazon facilities, median wages for associates at the new facility would be about $4,500 less than the Orlando area average of $30,520 a year, according to the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added]. Average wages for associates at other Amazon warehouses in the country are about $12.50 an hour, according to salary data tracker Glassdoor.

A spokeswoman for Amazon said the company does not release salary information for its new fulfillment centers.

‘It’s a major investment by a big-name company in our region,’ said Laureen Martinez, a spokeswoman for the Orlando Economic Partnership. ‘There will be a variety of positions there, and some will be in the high-pay category.’"

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