Amazon Aims To Hire Another 1,000 At Shakopee Site
Amazon is looking to hire 1,000 employees for its Shakopee distribution center due to increased customer demand in the Twin Cities. The site already employs 1,500.
Amazon spokeswoman Nina Lindsay told the Star Tribune that the 1,000 new jobs would be year-round positions, not seasonal, with wages of up to $17 per hour.
The Seattle-based e-commerce giant opened its 820,000-square-foot, $220 million “fulfillment center” this fall that employs robotic assistants.
Just over a quarter of Amazon’s 70 distribution warehouses are equipped with robots, which help turn around customer orders faster. That increased efficiency means Amazon puts more orders through sites like Shakopee, which requires more actual humans to be working.
But the need for new jobs poses a problem: Where to house 1,000 more people in Shakopee.
In TCB’s September feature on the housing shortage in greater Minnesota, Shakopee’s economic development coordinator Samantha DiMaggio told TCB, “Housing has definitely been a challenge.”
She added that the opening of the Amazon facility marked “the first time that Shakopee has ever had to import workers.”
Shakopee has been experimenting with different ways to get lower-wage workers to the far-flung suburb. This past summer, the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority created a direct bus route from the Mall of America to Shakopee. And at the start of December, SouthWest Transit also added hourly bus service between Eden Prairie and Shakopee, including a stop directly in front of Amazon’s site. But suburb-to-suburb transit service has often struggled with few using it.
Amazon’s expansion in Minnesota isn’t limited to Shakopee. In June, the company announced plans to hire 100 full-time employees for its technology development center in downtown Minneapolis.
It’s believed the home for Amazon’s technology development center could be the new T3 office building in the North Loop, which announced its first tenant Zipnosis on Tuesday.