SC: Amazon to Add 500 Jobs to Lexington County Operations
10 Mar, 2015
Amazon, a global leader in e-commerce announced plans to hire 500 additional full-time employees at the company's Lexington County fulfillment center.
Since opening in 2012, the Amazon fulfillment center in West Columbia, S.C. has brought more than 1,500 full-time jobs to Lexington County. Amazon is adding the new positions to meet growing customer demand. Employees will pick, pack and ship customer orders.
In addition to competitive wages, employees are immediately eligible for comprehensive benefits that include health insurance, 401(k) with 50 percent match, bonuses, company stock awards and a network of support to ensure employees succeed. Amazon also offers full-time employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where the company will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon.
"For a company like Amazon to make the decision to expand its operations in South Carolina, it is a special source of pride and a reason to celebrate because it proves what we already know - that we have a world class work force and competitive business environment. The 500 new jobs this expansion will create is terrific news for the Midlands community, and we look forward to watching Amazon continue to grow here for many years to come." -Gov. Nikki Haley
"Having such a recognized company make repeat expansions in our state is a credit to South Carolina's positive business climate and workforce. Congratulations to Amazon for expanding their Lexington County operations and creating 500 new jobs in the Midlands." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
"In December 2010, we were thrilled to welcome Amazon.com to Lexington County and to have this caliber of company locate here. Today's announcement of 500 additional jobs at the facility absolutely affirms the quality of our workforce." -Lexington County Council Chairman Johnny Jeffcoat
FIVE FAST FACTS
- Amazon is expanding operations in Lexington County.
- The company is hiring for 500 additional full-time positions.
- Amazon was incorporated in 1994 and the company'sAmazon.com website was launched in 1995.
- Today, the company employs more than 150,000 full-time and part-time employees worldwide.
Interested candidates can apply at www.workatamazonfulfillment.com.
About S.C. Department of Commerce
As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as Boeing, Bridgestone, Continental, Monster.com, ZF Group, BMW and Google Inc. and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. Commerce partners with the S.C Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. Consistently, South Carolina has ranked as one of the top states in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment, according to IBM-Plant Location International reports. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.