Progress report: the Amazon Fulfillment Center in West Plains

Progress report: the Amazon Fulfillment Center in West Plains
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“Spokane is being discovered.”

The Amazon Fulfillment Center in West Plains is taking shape and so are the expectations surrounding just how much the project will bring to the community.

“Amazon has gotten to be such a large part of so many people’s lives,” said Greater Spokane Incorporated CEO Todd Mielke.

That statement will soon be especially true for the 1,500 employees who will soon work at the fulfillment center, which measures up to 2.6 million square feet over four stories, while the building footprint covers about 640,000 square feet.

“They’re talking about an employment basis of 15 to 18 hundred employees with a seasonal influx, according to the original documents, of about 22 to 23 hundred,” Mielke said.

According to an Amazon spokesperson, those employees will make $15 an hour and earn full benefits packages with full medical, vision and dental insurance, 401(k) with a 50% match, maternity and paternity leave and more.

“Whenever you are able to recruit a company that’s able to bring 500, 1,000, 1,500 employees, that’s a significant economic development win,” Mielke said. “For the next companies down the line, they always want to take a look at you know, what other significant or recognizable companies are here.”

Mielke believes this is a big first step. Though, if you’re looking to be apart of it by becoming one of those 1,500 employees, you’ll have to wait a little longer. Amazon says the hiring process will start one to two months before the fulfillment center’s launch. The West Plains Public Development Authority tells KXLY the center is expected to be up and running in October, meaning the hiring process could begin in August.

Amazon says applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma.

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