Gov. Rick Scott said on Monday that Amazon.com plans to expand its fulfillment centers in Lakeland and Ruskin, creating 2,000 new jobs in Florida, on top of the 2,000 employees currently working at its fulfillment centers in the state.
“I am excited to announce that Amazon is expanding in Florida and adding more than 2,000 new jobs, which will more than double their current Florida work force in less than a year,” Scott said in a statement. “We have worked hard to create a pro-business environment that encourages growth and innovation so companies like Amazon can succeed. ”
The company has been actively hiring more personnel throughout the year to staff its new warehousing operations.
The company will host a job fair on Aug. 28 at Hillsborough Community College's South Shore Campus in the new science building from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 3-6 p.m. All Amazon employees are eligible for health insurance, a 401(k) plan, bonuses and other benefits. Amazon also will fund a generous portion of tuition for courses related to in-demand career fields, whether or not the field is directly Amazon-related.
"Amazon's commitment to create more than 3,000 new jobs in Florida is further proof that we've turned our economy around," Scott said.