MOORESVILLE – Lowe’s is gearing up for spring with plans to hire an additional 50,000 people. And to help current employees who are working despite the COVID-19 pandemic the North Carolina-based company says it will pay $80 million in bonuses.

Since the pandemic began a year ago, Lowe’s has paid out more than $800 million in bonuses.

The home improvement giant also said it hired some 20,000 additional employees before the 2020 holiday season. More than 90,000 employees have been elevated to permanent positions over the past year, Lowe’s added.

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The company has some 300,000 workers. Bonsues are descretionary.

“As we approach spring, I am enormously proud of the way our associates have served customers and supported each other this past year through an unprecedented health crisis,” said Marvin R. Ellison, Lowe’s president and CEO, in the announcement. “We are honored to be an essential business to help our customers keep their homes safe and functional during these very challenging times. We’re pleased to provide this additional bonus to support our current associates and excited to welcome these new associates so we can better serve customers across the country.”

Including the bonuses and support to local communities as well as commitments to improving safety in stores, the company says it has committed almost $1.3 billion.

The latst bonuses will be paid Feb. 5 with full-time workers receiving $300 and part-time as well as seasonal workers getting $150. It’s the seventh round of such payments.