BRISTOL - Amazon will be bringing new jobs to Bristol, Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu announced at Wednesday’s meeting of the City Council.
Amazon is expected to open a delivery station Aug. 28 in a building at 71 Horizon Drive and is taking employment applications.
“These jobs are great opportunities for people who are entering the workforce, need a second job or need the flexibility of an overnight position due to child care or other issues,” said Zoppo-Sassu.
Zoppo-Sassu said Bristol has a strong reputation for welcoming all kinds of businesses and that city leadership is excited to have attracted another Fortune 500 company.
Delivery stations are referred to by Amazon as “the last mile,” as they are often the final stop for parcels before delivery. They receive packages from distribution facilities and sort them by ZIP code, then send them to recipients in smaller delivery vehicles.
Zoppo-Sassu said her office and the Bristol Development Authority worked with Amazon Logistics for three months to bring the company to Bristol. Discussions included the potential for enhanced local public transportation options for employees, parking options and more.
The station will have three shifts: 1 to 8 a.m., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Employees will work four-day work weeks.
“Amazon officials stressed that the majority of employees are needed for the 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. shift, as there is a considerable effort to prepare packages for early morning pickup by the delivery vehicles,” said Zoppo-Sassu. “In total, Amazon is preparing to fill 187 positions initially. Ultimately, based on holiday demand, Amazon is anticipating hiring 500 individuals for the location in the next six months and that number may rise even higher.”
Justin Malley, the city’s economic development director, said that most positions will be “warehouse fulfillment associates,” with wages starting at $12.50 an hour.
“The initial approximately 187 positions filled will be considered ‘permanent Amazon employees’ and may start at a slightly higher hourly rate,” said Malley. “Once the initial 187 employees are hired, Amazon anticipates adding several hundred additional employees on a fairly regular basis as the delivery station moves forward. That is why it is important for folks to register for the text program so they are aware when openings arise.”
Positions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in applying should visit amazon.com/connecticutjobs or text NORTHEASTNOW to 77088.
“This text option is something Amazon is excited about,” said Zoppo-Sassu. “It gives participants up-to-date information on openings and provides Amazon with a pipeline for employees.”