Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has announced plans to open a new fulfillment center in Jefferson, Georgia.
The online retailer did not disclose how much money it will invest to build the new fulfillment center in Jackson County. However, it said that the investment will create 1,000 new full-time jobs at the facility.
The new 850,000 square-foot fulfillment center will be used to pick, pack and ship large items like household furniture, sporting equipment, and gardening tools, the online retailer said.
Amazon in Georgia
“Georgia has been a great place to do business for Amazon and we look forward to adding a new fulfillment center to better serve our customers in the region,” said Akash Chauhan, vice-president of North American operations at Amazon.
Amazon currently has more than 1,500 full-time employees at its existing facilities in Georgia.
“Amazon’s second investment in Jackson County in less than a year speaks to the quality of our workforce and to our strategic location on the I-85 corridor,” Jim Shaw, president of the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement. “We expect Amazon, one of the world’s most successful companies, to be a great corporate citizen in Jefferson and we look forward to building a successful community partnership.”
Benefits to Full-Time and Part-Time Employees
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) said that it will offer full-time employees a competitive salary, health insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plans and company’s stock.
In addition, the e-commerce giant offers hourly employees its Career Choice program which helps train employees for in-demand jobs at the company and other companies so that they can prepare for the future and take full advantage of the nation’s innovation economy. Under the program, the company pre-pays 95% of tuition for courses in high-demand, high-wage fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a future career at Amazon.
Meanwhile, shares of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) closed up 0.13% on Thursday. The stock is up nearly 33% so far this year.