Hiring Process Begins For Amazon's New Florida Hubs

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
One center in Ruskin will handle relatively small packages. The other in Lakeland will handle larger items.

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2010 file photo, an Amazon.com package is prepared for shipment by a United Parcel Service (UPS) driver in Palo Alto, Calif. States could force Internet retailers to collect sales taxes under a bill that overwhelmingly passed a test vote in the Senate Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Associated Press Release
May 9, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Internet giant Amazon.com has begun the process for hiring more than 1,000 people for its two new distribution centers in Florida.

One center in Ruskin will handle relatively small packages. The other in Lakeland will handle larger items. A large part of the jobs at both centers will involve shipping and packing materials.

Amazon spokeswoman Nina Lindsey tells The Tampa Tribune (http://bit.ly/1odcNg0 ) most of the employees will be hired a few months before the centers open. Construction is expected to be completed around the end of the year.

The Seattle-based company started collected Florida's 6 percent sales tax on May 1. Last year, Gov. Rick Scott and Amazon announced a deal to create 3,000 new jobs in Florida by 2016. The details of that deal were not released.
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Information from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, http://www.tampatrib.com


Associated Press Release
June 14, 2013

By GARY FINEOUT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida is reaching a deal to bring major Internet retailer Amazon to the state.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announce Thursday that Amazon would bring more than 3,000 jobs to the state between now and 2016. The company is poised to spend more than $300 million on new warehouses.

The governor had previously said no to a deal to bring Amazon to the state. He had expressed concerns that signing off on such a deal would result in tax increases for Floridians.

Scott's office said that once here Amazon would begin collecting state sales taxes from residents at the time it is required under state law.

Currently, Floridians are supposed to pay taxes for online purchases, but there's no way to enforce the law.


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