E-commerce giant Amazon has quietly opened in CenterPoint Commerce and Trade Park West in Pittston Township, Pennsylvania, and is hiring hundreds of workers.
The company, the largest internet-based retailer in the world, is recruiting for 350 warehouse positions paying $13 an hour, said Christine Jensen, administrator of the Pennsylvania CareerLink Luzerne County.
The annual salary for a warehouse position at Amazon is $27,040, according to www.jobgateway.pa.gov.
Amazon has moved into a 399,500-square-foot building constructed by Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services at 250 Enterprise Way, the fifth-largest building in the park.
A sign leading to the building on a 51-acre site reads, “Welcome Amazonians.”
A spokesman inside the building and Mericle spokesman Jim Cummings both referred questions to Amazon’s corporate headquarters.
A call and e-mail to Amazon were not returned, but recent news reports have said Amazon plans to add thousands of more jobs in Pennsylvania.
Gov. Tom Wolf announced earlier this year that Amazon.com will add at least 5,000 new full-time jobs in Pennsylvania over the next three years.
Pennsylvania is one of the top employment centers for Amazon’s giant retail warehouses.
The online retail and internet services giant runs 13 fulfillment warehouses and distribution centers in the state, according to published reports.
Amazon also has a 650,000-square-foot fulfillment center in the Humbolt Industrial Park in Hazle Township. Last year, the company announced it was adding hundreds more full-time positions, bringing the workforce there to about 2,200.
The Hazle Township facility is the largest employer in the area’s industrial parks and one of the area’s largest commercial or industrial buildings.
Quidsi, which is owned by Amazon.com, also has a distribution center in Covington Industrial Park in Lackawanna County.
As the shift to online and mobile shopping continues to grow, it has led to a number of fulfillment and distribution centers opening in CenterPoint Commerce and Trade Park in Pittston and Jenkins townships in recent years.