Secretary Davin Tours Amazon Facility in Easton, Highlighting Shared Commitment to Workforce Development and Job Creation

Easton, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin was joined by company and local leaders to tour Amazon’s facility in Easton and discuss Amazon’s Career Choice program, which covers tuition for employees to gain new in-demand career skills, regardless of whether those skills are relevant to jobs at Amazon.

“Amazon’s presence here in the Lehigh Valley has provided a significant boost to this region, employing more than 1,100 full-time employees in this facility alone and helping workers develop the skills they need to grow in their careers, whether here at Amazon or in another field,” Secretary Davin said. “Governor Wolf has placed an incredible emphasis on workforce development through initiatives like PAsmart, so it’s great to see major private sector companies like Amazon embracing that mindset as well.”

Amazon’s Easton fulfillment center employs more than 1,100 full-time workers who pick, pack, and ship larger customer items such as sports equipment, patio furniture, gardening tools, kayaks, and pet food. A key emphasis of the tour was Amazon’s Career Choice program, which pre-pays 95 percent of tuition for employees to go back to school in fields that are in high-demand, regardless of whether those skills are relevant to jobs at Amazon.

“We are thrilled to be a member of the Easton community, where our investments in the Lehigh Valley have contributed over $350 million into the local economy in the last year alone,” said Amazon’s Scott Cochran, general manager of the fulfillment center in Easton. “Since we first launched operations in Pennsylvania in 2008, we’ve grown our fulfillment workforce in the state to more than 10,000 full-time employees, 3,400 of which are in the Lehigh Valley. We’re proud to call Pennsylvania home and we’re thankful for the support we’ve received from city, county, state and community leaders.”

Workforce development is one of the top priorities of the Wolf Administration. In June 2018, Governor Wolf announced his new $30 million PAsmart initiative, a new and innovative way to improve coordination between state agencies, cut red tape and invest in people and business to create and expand innovative job training in apprenticeships and other programs so workers get the skills that businesses need to compete in the global economy.

Amazon currently employs more than 10,000 full-time employees across 13 fulfillment facilities and tech hubs across Pennsylvania.

For more information about furthering career skills in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit the PAsmart website, or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132

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