Amazon to open packing, shipping center in Salem, hire 1,000

SALEM, Ore. -- Amazon is building a packing and shipping warehouse in Salem, with plans to hire more than 1,000 full-time employees.

The center, at 4775 Depot Court SE, will be approximately one million square feet. Employees will be tasked with packing and shipping products such as gardening tools, pet food and sports equipment, the Seattle-based company said Monday.

Amazon spokeswoman Ashley Robinson declined by email to say when the center will open, but said it won't be this year.

Job postings for similar full-time positions in Reno, Nevada and Sacramento, California show hourly wages hovering between $12.75 and $14.25, though that may vary at the Salem center.  "On average, we pay 30 percent more than traditional retail jobs," Robinson said.

The state of Oregon sold the property, which used to be agricultural land, to developer Capstone Partners, LLC, with the $6.174 million sale closing Aug. 25.

Work started weeks ago on the site, said Darrin Brightman, real estate project manager with the Oregon Department of Administrative Services. That's allowed because a permit of entry was issued so "they could start moving dirt," Brightman said.

Amazon qualifies for an enterprise zone tax incentive for new investment, said Chad Freeman, president of the Strategic Economic Development Corp. But SEDCOR and Marion County officials didn't have a clear answer Monday on how much of a tax break Amazon would receive.

“The support of Gov. (Kate) Brown, local leaders, and many others have been instrumental in our decision to locate ... in the state capital, and we are grateful for the support we’ve received," Sanjay Shah, Amazon’s vice president of North America Customer Fulfillment, said in a statement.

Brown heralded the move, saying in a statement: “Amazon’s continued expansion in Oregon means more jobs and bright futures for the Oregonians who work there and live in the surrounding communities."

Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett welcomed Amazon to town with a statement: "Salem is looking forward to partnering with Amazon to create innovative jobs and develop a lasting relationship with our vibrant community."

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