CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) – They are known an Amazonians – not the warrior women, but those employed by the shipping powerhouse Amazon.
“When they first came here, they made it clear that this was a great place for them to expand their presence, and we fully expected their footprint to get larger,” Cumberland County Commissioner Gary Eichelberger said.
And that’s exactly what has happened.
Amazon announced Wednesday that it’s adding to a trio of fulfillment centers already established in Cumberland and York counties with a fourth in Carlisle. The company could not provide an exact number, but says it needs “hundreds” of new workers.
“Some of them are the basic jobs of order fulfillment, others are involved in human resources, or IT management or operations management, and these are good opportunities,” Eichelberger said.
Though some community members frown on the imposition of large companies into community pace, the taxes do take some of the burden off of homeowners by helping to fund schools.
In terms of finances, Amazon is unique in the tech world in that its physical operations are large and enormously expensive, but now with more fulfillment centers up and running, the company expects to finally see a return on investment.
Even those who are not looking for work can brace for benefits.
“With three facilities here they are stocking a broad range of products right here in our backyard, and that translates into faster delivery times,” Eichelberger said.
How fast? Well, it depends on if that drone idea ever takes flight with the ever-skeptical FAA sitting on Amazon’s wings.
Operations actually started up in October. Their first delivery?
A beer brewing kit sent overseas to a United States Marine Corps base.
Since that was their kick-off delivery, Amazon is making a $5,000 donation to the Marine Corps League of Pennsylvania.
To apply for one of the many jobs available, go to www.amazonfulfillmentcareers.com.