Help wanted: Amazon to add hundreds of Midlands area jobs

tflach@thestate.comApril 23, 2013 

— Online retailer Amazon is ramping up hiring at its Cayce distribution center, saying it plans to hire hundreds of full-time workers to pick, pack and ship customer orders.

Amazon officials won’t specify the number of jobs that will be added and the current staff level, calling that proprietary information.

A year ago, company officials said the facility had a payroll of 1,000 full-time employees.

All new hires will be full-time staff that gathers, packages and ships goods ordered by customers in the facility’s round-the-clock operation, spokeswoman Kelly Cheeseman said.

The starting wage is $11 per hour – with bonuses possible – for a job that can require physical activity for up to 12 hours per shift, the company’s website says.

Some positions will be offered to part-time staff now working at the facility, Cheeseman said.

Amazon is “on track” to reach a payroll of 2,000 required by Dec. 31 in exchange for a sales tax collection exemption it received in a package of incentives given the online retailer to open the center, she said.

Employment has varied at the 1.2 million-square-foot distribution center. The company’s last round of hiring for the center was in July, when it said it would hire hundreds of full-time and temporary workers.

The center – which handles smaller products, such as electronics, DVDs and books – typically beefs up staff by 1,200-1,500 temporary employees during the Christmas holiday shopping season to handle heavy orders. Amazon has a similar center in Spartanburg that handles larger items and employs more than 400, the company said.

Candidates can apply for the new jobs at www.workatamazon

Staff writer Kristy Eppley

Rupon contributed.

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