Frank Storch Baltimore, MD

Vice President, M. Leo Storch Management Corp.

Amazon Fulfillment Center Expected to Boost Business in Baltimore

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Amazon expects to hire 1,000 workers at their new Baltimore warehouse

Amazon expects to hire 1,000 workers at their new Baltimore warehouse

Amazon, the gigant-enormous on-line retail store, hosted an information meeting close to the location of the planned 1 million-square-foot, $100 million warehouse going up now on Broening Highway. Baltimore businessmen, like Frank Storch and others, are expecting a surge in business for retailers in the vicinity of the warehouse, also called fulfillment center.

Spokeswoman for Amazon, Kelly Cheeseman, explained at the meeting that Amazon will be hiring approximately 1,000 workers about two months before the warehouse opens, which will hopefully be this coming spring.

Generally Amazon hires two tiers of workers; an entry level position which requires that the worker have a high school diploma or a GED and be at least 18 years old. The higher level position is for warehouse workers with experience and has the same minimum requirements. Although the exact salary workers can expect at the new warehouse have not been set, Amazon typically pays about 30% more than the usual retail job. They also offer other benefits like 401k matching retirement plans, a company stock arrangement, and as much as $12,000 in tuition help for employees that seek employment in a high-demand job such as nursing or information technology.

When the fulfillment center is up and running nearby retailers can expect an upsurge in business as workers begin to frequent nearby restaurants, gas stations and other services. As a whole, it looks like Amazon is good for business, coming and going.

Written by Frank Storch

July 23rd, 2014 at 6:36 am