SHAFTER, Calif. (KERO) — Amazon announced it will be opening a new softline fulfillment center in Shafter by the end of the year. This will be the second fulfillment center to come to Kern County after the site in Bakersfield opened in August.
According to a release from the company, the more than one-million-square-foot facility will create over 1,000 full-time and part-time jobs, paying a minimum of $15 per hour. Amazon will also be hiring for roles in human resources, operations management, safety, security, finance, and information technology.
Associates will pick, pack and ship items to customers across the region, including apparel, accessories, and footwear.
“Amazon is excited to make this investment in Kern County that will support local economic development and help us deliver to our growing number of customers in the region. As we continue to grow in California, we are contributing to the economic recovery in the Southern California and across the state,” said Jordan Nelson, Director of Regional Operations for Amazon.
In addition, Amazon has pledged to invest more than $700 million to provide upskilling training for 100,000 U.S. employees for in-demand jobs.
“During unprecedented times, cities nationwide are dealing with economic growth or the negative impacts these challenging times bring,” said Mayor Cathy Prout of the City of Shafter. “For Shafter, this is not the case. We remain competitive and continue to welcome new businesses, such as Amazon, who are eager to pursue success and bring new jobs to Shafter.