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Amazon's Boxwood Road fulfillment center staffs up for opening in coming weeks

Tom Byrne, Delaware Public Media

The giant Amazon warehouse that replaced the former General Motors Boxwood Road plant near Newport is opening soon.

Amazon officials say the more than 3-million-square-foot fulfillment center is scheduled to open late this summer or in early fall. 

The company says it has already hired 500 employees for the Boxwood Road site, and is looking to double that by the end of the year. Amazon is offering a $3,000 sign-on bonus for new hourly workers.

The Boxwood Road site’s general manager William Carney says they’re hiring a variety of positions, “from our associates that do a lot of our stowing, putting product in our bins and our shelves, to our picking, packing—and even some of our more indirect technical positions, our leadership positions and our process guides.”

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Amazon employees do landscaping tasks at a Wilmington park


Carney talked to members of the media while Amazon employees participated in a volunteer cleanup at three Wilmington parks. 

“We’re actually doing a few other volunteer activities later this week—with the Ronald McDonald House, most recently with the Delaware Humane Association,” he said. “When we look at being a local employer, that also means getting involved with the local community.”

Amazon will receive up to $4.5 million in state taxpayer-funded grants tied to capital investments and full-time hires at the Boxwood Road site. 

The Delaware Economic Development Authority approved the controversial agreement last year. 

Sophia Schmidt is a Delaware native. She comes to Delaware Public Media from NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, DC, where she produced arts, politics, science and culture interviews. She previously wrote about education and environment for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. She graduated from Williams College, where she studied environmental policy and biology, and covered environmental events and local renewable energy for the college paper.
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