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Amazon has announced that it has begun hiring for jobs at its $1.5 billion air cargo hub at CVGAirport, where it plans to create 2,000 new positions.
The jobs will pay at least $17.50 per hour and include a sign-on bonus of $2,000 as well as full benefits on the first day of work, including health, dental and vision insurance.
Careers include loading and unloading aircraft and sorting packages for their final journey on planes that will leave from the hub.
Job candidates must be 18, have a driver's license and a high school diploma. People can apply online here.
Amazon Air plans to open the hub itself later this year. It will be located on the south side of CVG and have natural light and views of its planes and runways at CVG. The hub's purpose is so Amazon can deliver packages faster to it customers. Phase 1 includes a massive, 800,000 square foot sortation facility, parking for aircraft and vehicles and road improvements.
“Our employees are the heart and soul of our operations and we’re thrilled to start hiring at our state-of-the-art facility,” said Mike Flannery, Amazon Air's director of regional operations. “Amazon creates great jobs that provide industry-leading pay and comprehensive benefits that start on day one, in a safe, innovative work environment where people can grow their careers.”
Tri-Ed, Northern Kentucky's economic development organization, touted the hub's place in the local economy. It is Amazon's largest hub in the world. Several manufacturers have announced they will relocate to be closer to the hub, according to the organization.
“The Amazon Air hub is a tremendous advantage for the Cincinnati region – for our residents looking for career development and advancement opportunities,” said CEO Lee Crume. “The hub is also an asset for Northern Kentucky’s business attraction efforts – it will lead to growth and diversity in our economy and Tri-ED bringing innovative companies to our region.”
Amazon employs more than 18,000 workers in Kentucky already.
"Amazon is helping build a better Kentucky, today and for the long-term," said Gov. Andy Beshear in a news release. "Demand for air cargo services continues to make Kentucky a top location for manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers needing fast and reliable access to global markets. We value Amazon’s longstanding partnership and look forward to the success of its Amazon Air cargo hub at CVG.”