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Amazon hiring for Baltimore warehouse

Amazon is now hiring full-time workers for its fulfillment center scheduled to open in Southeast Baltimore this spring, the online retail giant announced Wednesday.

The 1 million-square-foot warehouse, located on the site of the former General Motors Co. assembly plant on Broening Highway, is expected to create 1,000 full-time positions. Employees will pick, pack and ship Amazon customer orders.

Later Wednesday morning, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and her workforce development team announced their plans to help city residents snag those jobs. The city is hosting two events for interested applicants to learn more about the company, meet Amazon officials, receive assistance submitting their applications (which are completed entirely online) and get interviewing tips.

“Through our ‘Employ Baltimore – Ready to Work for You’ strategy, Baltimore city is preparing job seekers now to present favorable online applications and exhibit effective interviewing skills that will lead to the hiring of a qualified workforce for Amazon and further our city’s economic growth,” Rawlings-Blake said in a statement.

The application fairs will be held Feb. 3 and 4 at the Eastside One-Stop Career Center, located at 3001 E. Madison St. There will be two sessions held on each day, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Officials in the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) said interested applicants should RSVP by calling 410-396-9035 because space is limited and calls have already begun pouring in.

According to Amazon, middle-level jobs at the Baltimore center will pay 30 percent higher than other retail positions. And, employees will be immediately eligible for benefits, including health insurance, a 401(k) plan with a 50-percent employer match and company stock awards.

Amazon said it also offers to pay up to 95 percent of employees’ tuition costs if they seek further education in in-demand fields, even if the courses don’t relate to a career at Amazon.

The fulfillment center is Amazon’s second facility to open in Baltimore recently, although the first was much smaller, also on Broening Highway.

The company opened a sorting center in October that brought 200 jobs, the majority of which were temporary because of the holiday season, said Rosalind Howard, business services manager for MOED.

Howard said other organizations around the city, such as community colleges, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake and the Center for Urban Families, will also hold information sessions about the opportunities at Amazon. Details for those events have not been determined yet.

The city’s “Employ Baltimore” strategy has been put to use on several other occasions in recent years, most notably for the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, which opened in August.

Brice Freeman, a MOED spokesman, said the city’s efforts resulted in about 51 percent of available positions there going to city residents.

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