Amazon announced today it will open a new sort center in 2023 in the city of Canby.
The expansion is expected to create more than 500 jobs with an average starting wage of $18 per hour, comprehensive benefits, and longer-term career opportunities. The more than 500 new employees will help sort and ship packages at the 517,000 square-foot facility for final delivery to customers.
"I look toward a future of building a relationship with Amazon — just as I do with all of the businesses located within the Canby Pioneer Industrial Park," Mayor Brian Hodson said. "I look forward to this opportunity to work with an innovative company which will have long-term impacts on our community through new jobs, revenues and growth that will help working families across our region."
The opportunity comes at a prime time, with nearly 63,000 people still unemployed in the region, according to Monique Claiborne, president and CEO of Greater Portland Inc, a regional economic development organization that played a role in bringing Amazon to Canby.
"Jobs at all skill levels are key to moving the needle forward in our region's economic prosperity," Claiborne said.
Amazon offers a starting wage of $18 per hour and provides full-time employees with comprehensive benefits from day one, worth an addition $3.50 per hour, according to a release from Amazon. They include health, vision and dental insurance, 401(k) with 50% company match, up to 20 weeks paid parental leave, and Amazon's Career Choice program in which Amazon will pay full college tuition for its frontline employees as part of its $1.2 billion investment to expand education and skills training benefits for its U.S. workforce.
Job candidates must be 18 years or older and have a high school diploma or equivalent to be considered. While the company is not yet hiring for the upcoming Canby location, Amazon continues to hire new full-time and part-time associates across the Portland and Salem-area region. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit amazon.com/apply to learn more.
A job at Amazon could be a springboard to an Amazon career or other opportunities, per the release. In 2020, Amazon promoted more than 35,000 employees in its operations network and committed $700 million to providing 100,000 employees access to upskilling programs through 2025.
Amazon was recently ranked no. 2 on the Forbes World's Best Employers list.
"Amazon is excited to expand our operations network to the Canby area in order to best serve customers in the region," Amazon Spokesperson Karen Riley Sawyer said. "We are excited to create new jobs and economic investment and we look forward to continuing to grow our partnerships with this community."
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