SPOKANE VALLEY — After months of speculation, Amazon has confirmed it will open a fulfillment center in Spokane Valley that will bring 1,000 new full-time jobs to the area.
The 1.3 million-square-foot facility is slated to open later this year. It will fulfill orders for larger items such as bulk cleaning supplies, paper goods, patio furniture, pet food and outdoor sports equipment, the Spokesman-Review reported.
“We’re excited to continue our growth in the Spokane area, adding our third fulfillment center of this type to our greater Pacific Northwest operations,” Catie Hydeman, Amazon’s North American customer fulfillment non-sort operations director, said in a statement.
Amazon will begin hiring for a wide range of roles involving receiving and stowing inventory, shipping customer orders and supporting network logistics at the fulfillment center later this year.
Pay will start at $15 an hour and include a comprehensive benefits package. Employees also will have access to Amazon’s Career Choice program, which prepays 95% of tuition for courses in high-demand fields such as nursing and IT programming.
Amazon employs more than 4,000 people in the Spokane area. The company opened its first fulfillment center in Eastern Washington last year.