Standing in front of his shop, Fernley (Nev.) ice cream maker Steve Cordes watches hundreds of workers come and go at Amazon’s huge Internet fulfillment facility.
That work force — many of them temporary employees hired for a few months to handle the massive volume of seasonal transactions at Amazon — provides a significant boost in revenue at Steve’s Homemade Ice Cream and dozens of other Lyon County businesses during a normally soft time for sales, according to the Northern Nevada Business Weekly.
Amazon hires tens of thousands of seasonal workers for pick-and-pack jobs at its U.S. fulfillment centers beginning in October. Seattle-based Amazon said in a news release earlier this year that it expects to hire as many as 70,000 full-time seasonal workers to fill orders at its fulfillment centers.
Hundreds of local workers travel to Fernley in recreational vehicles and stay at the Desert Rose or Fernley RV parks. Both parks work under contract with Amazon to place seasonal workers. Desert Rose has more than 100 sites, while Fernley RV Park has just 40.
Will MacDonald, general manager of Fernley RV Park, says the contract with Amazon has transformed the RV park from a seasonal to a full-time business. Workers make their own reservations at the parks and get a spot to house their RVs for a month or two, and the parks bill Amazon for the monthly rent.
Fernley RV Park is in its third year under contract with Amazon, while Desert Rose was part of a pilot program with Amazon to house its seasonal workforce in Lyon County. Fernley RV Park averages between 25 and 30 campers each year. For a town the size of Fernley, MacDonald says, the economic impact of adding 400 to 500 people is much greater than it would be elsewhere.
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