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New Amazon fulfillment center coming to Savannah area; will create 1,000 jobs

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*(Georgia Department of Economic Development)
Updated: May. 10, 2021 at 5:39 PM EDT
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CHATHAM COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - A new Amazon fulfillment center is slated to open next year, bringing with it 1,000 jobs.

Amazon has already invested in the Savannah area, with facilities in Effingham County and in Port Wentworth. But this new fulfillment center will take their operations in the Chatham County area to a new level.

Just off Pine Meadow Drive in Chatham County, site preparation is already underway. In the second half of next year, a 640,000 square foot fulfillment center will open here, pairing 1,000 employees with Amazon’s robotics technology to pick, pack and ship customer orders.

“With the size and scope of the project, I wouldn’t be surprised if more and more jobs came on top of the thousand down the road. The location is vital to the company because Savannah has all these logistical advantages. Of course, we’ve got a good work force, and I think we check all the boxes for sure,” Savannah Economic Development Authority President/CEO Trip Tollison said.

“I think it’s also important to point out even thought the base footprint is about 640-thousand square feet, it’s going to be a sizable building. Not just the width in the first floor, but it goes up several floors. If you really look at what this facility is going to be like, you can check out some of the other ones that they’ve built, you’ll be able to see what’s in story for Chatham County. It’s pretty awesome,” said Tollison.

Tollison says Amazon was looking at sites throughout the region for this fulfillment center, but after cultivating a relationship with the company for about nine months, they committed to Chatham County.

“Partnerships with the State, Georgia Ports Authority, all of our typical partners, we really focused on what they needed, where they had to go, what advantages they needed right out of the gate and this site clearly became the favorite,” Tollison said.

Tollison pointed out that improvements to the I-16, I-95 interchange, as well as the Dean Forest interchange, also helped the area attract this new Amazon fulfillment center.

Individuals interested in career opportunities with Amazon are asked to visit www.Amazon.jobs for additional information.

The new fulfillment center is expected to open in 2022.

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