• Holyoke Chamber Welcomes New Amazon Distribution Center Coming to Holyoke

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    August 22, 2019
    The Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce welcomes the new Amazon Distribution Center to Holyoke. Board Chair Kevin McCaffrey joined the Mayor and other civic leaders in welcoming Amazon to Holyoke. Below, please see his welcome as well as the press release from the Mayor’s Office that was released this afternoon:
    "The Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce joins Mayor Morse and other civic leaders in welcoming Amazon to Holyoke. Amazon's decision demonstrates yet again the city's--and the Pioneer Valley's--many strengths as a place for business growth. Our location at a key transportation nexus, our low-cost power and other amenities, our rich history as a manufacturing, business, and educational center, our committed workforce--all these factors make Holyoke and the Valley a great place for business growth and development. We look forward to welcoming the new Amazon Distribution Center."
    -Kevin McCaffrey, Chairman of the Board; Director of Government and Community Relations at Mount Holyoke College
    Mayor Alex Morse Welcomes Hundreds of New Jobs From Amazon Distribution Center In Holyoke
    Holyoke will be the site of a new distribution center run by Amazon, one of the largest retailers in the world.  The operations are on track to open this fall at 161 Lower Westfield Rd., the site of the former Paolo Freire Social Justice Charter School, and Atlas Copco. 

     As part of the operating plan, Amazon will be hiring and training hundreds of local workers to staff the distribution center with wages starting at $15 an hour for both full and part-time workers. 

     Current full-time Amazon employees receive comprehensive benefits including full medical, vision, and dental insurance as well as a 401(k) with 50 percent match starting on day one. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of maternal and parental paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families.

    Amazon will be present this weekend with a booth at Celebrate Holyoke, with residents and prospective employees encouraged to stop by to learn more. The City is also working with Amazon representatives to coordinate a hiring event prior to the opening of the distribution center. 

     “As Mayor, I am encouraged by Amazon’s commitment to hire locally, provide hundreds of living-wage jobs, and strengthen our tax base. The distribution center will continue to help Holyoke grow and diversify our economy while providing job opportunities to residents. I look forward to working with their representatives and hope to see everyone this weekend at Celebrate Holyoke.” 
    Jordan Hart, Programs and Services Coordinator
    (413) 534-3376