Amazon.com announced plans for the first Mississippi fulfillment center to be located in Marshall County. The facility will create 850 full-time jobs with benefits. Employees at the fulfillment center will pick, pack, and ship household consumer goods.
We are excited to bring our first fulfillment center to Mississippi, creating 850 full-time jobs with a $15 minimum hourly wage,” said John Felton, Amazon’s vice president of global customer fulfillment. “We appreciate the state and local elected leaders who have supported Amazon’s entrance into Mississippi and we look forward to providing great job opportunities and an exceptional customer experience.”
Amazon employees at the 554,000-square-foot fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship items such as lawn and garden products, toiletries, and other household consumer goods.
“I am proud to welcome Amazon as the newest member of the Mississippi business community. Amazon’s presence demonstrates to industry leaders around the globe that Mississippi has what it takes for companies like Amazon to remain competitive and efficiently reach their consumers from our attractive location in the Southeast U.S.,” Gov. Phil Bryant said.
On top of Amazon’s $15 minimum wage, the company offers full-time employees industry-leading benefits, which include comprehensive healthcare from day one, 401(k) with 50 percent match, up to 20 weeks paid parental leave and Amazon’s innovative Career Choice program, which pre-pays 95 percent of tuition for courses in high-demand fields. Since the program’s launch four years ago, more than 16,000 employees in 10 countries have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.
“Mississippi’s teamwork at the federal, state, and local levels, Marshall County’s proximity to a distribution hub and the region’s skilled workforce were instrumental in Amazon’s decision to locate its new fulfillment center in our state,” said Mississippi Development Authority’s Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “The Mississippi Development Authority, in conjunction with Marshall County, Marshall County Industrial Development Authority, and Tennessee Valley Authority, is proud to support Amazon as the company creates 850 career opportunities for the people of North Mississippi.”