Amazon plans to create two centers in state

Amazon plans to create two centers in state

Posted: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 6:01 pm

The Press 12/28

Nashville – Governor Phil Bredesen last week joined Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber in announcing Amazon.com, Inc. has finalized its commitment to establish two fulfillment centers in Tennessee, one at the Enterprise South Industrial Park in Chattanooga and the other along State Route 308 in neighboring Bradley County. 

Amazon.com.dedc, LLC plans to invest a combined total of up to $139 million to construct the two new facilities, with up to 1,400 jobs expected to be created in the next three years, in addition to hundreds of additional seasonal jobs during peak season.

The new fulfillment centers are expected to be operational before the 2011 holiday season.

“I’m pleased our discussions with Amazon.com have concluded with a positive result,” said Governor Bredesen. 

“This announcement means good job opportunities for Tennesseans with a great company and a strong endorsement of Tennessee’s business climate.”

“Amazon.com’s announcement is another example of the effectiveness of Governor Bredesen’s Jobs Cabinet and the strength of our partnerships with the local communities,” said Commissioner Kisber. 

“We’re excited to be opening two new facilities in Tennessee to allow us to serve customers more quickly and efficiently,” said Dave Clark, vice-president, North America Operations, Amazon.com. 

“We’re thankful for the continuing cooperation of Governor Bredesen, Governor-elect Haslam, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, as well as the county and local officials.”

 “We’re glad to formally and officially welcome Amazon.com to Hamilton County,” said Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey.

Ramsey will leave elected office in January to serve as Governor-elect Bill Haslem’s Deputy Governor and Chief of Staff. 

“I know many people think this has been a done deal for weeks, but I want to express my appreciation to the County Commission and City Council for their support in finalizing this investment.

“I’m proud of what we’ve done together.”

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