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Amazon opens huge fulfillment center in Nampa

Nampa Mayor Debbie Kling took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new facility Monday morning.

NAMPA, Idaho — Amazon officially opened the doors to its new fulfillment center in Nampa Monday morning.

Nampa Mayor Debbie Kling joined an Amazon representative for the ribbon-cutting celebration.

Amazon workers are now filling orders for everything from toys to TV sets at the new 650,000 square-foot facility, located at Franklin and Star roads.

General Manager Tim McIntosh said by the time it's up and running at full scale, the company expects to have about 2,000 people working there. Wages start at $15 an hour, with a benefits package that includes medical, matching funds for retirement, and educational tuition assistance.

"By lifting the minimum wage, and the educational benefits that you provide to your employees, it's a kick-start to our economy, and it helps the Nampa economy become resilient," Kling said.

Before cutting the ribbon, Amazon presented a $15,000 donation to the Idaho Foodbank, and a $10,000 donation for the Traveling Table mobile food pantry.

Traveling Table volunteers distribute healthy food to hundreds of people in north Nampa.