Inside look at the new Amazon Fulfillment Center in Nampa

Posted at 9:00 AM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 11:00:56-04

NAMPA, Idaho — Amazon is setting up shop in the Treasure Valley with a massive new fulfillment center and Idaho News 6 got a behind the scenes tour of the building. The new center is around 650,000 sqaure feet, or about 11 football fields, and has four floors.

Amazon officials said they are going to hire 2,000 people, most coming from the Treasure Valley. The shifts will be four, 10-hour shifts a week and starting pay will be at least $15 an hour.

Our media partner, BoiseDev, reports Amazon has posted a few jobs, including a loss prevention specialist, a medical representative, area managers and a few others.

Construction on the project started back in October 2019, first called "Project Bronco." The new facility will allow Amazon to fulfill customer orders such as books, electronics and toys using robotic drive units.

The robotic drive units will move the product to the human associate, who pull out damaged items and makes sure orders are fulfilled accurately. Workers will also be combining orders, compacting them and loading them on the trucks.

"You know you are standing in a building that reflects 20 years of continuous improvement on the fulfillment concept," said Tim McIntosh, General Manager. "And so as these buildings launch every year, Amazon tries to take what it's learned with the previous building and use it with the next."

Amazon says it offers full-time workers “industry-leading” benefits, including health, vision and dental insurance, 401(k) with 50% company match, up to 20 weeks paid parental leave, and Amazon’s Career Choice program, which pre-pays 95% of tuition for courses in high-demand fields.