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Posted on: May 7, 2021

Amazon to open fulfillment center in Savannah

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Amazon to open fulfillment center in Savannah

SAVANNAH (May 7) – Today, Amazon announced it will expand its significant presence in Georgia with a new fulfillment center in Savannah. The new facility will feature innovative Amazon robotics technology and create 1,000 full-time jobs.

"I am thrilled that after more than eight months of hard work and negotiation by a lot of good people, that we are able to welcome Amazon to our community," said Mayor Van Johnson. "The economic impact is enormous, and Amazon's $15 per hour minimum wage falls in line with what we aspire the minimum wage to be in our community." 

The approximately 640,000-square-foot Savannah facility will be located on Pine Meadow Drive and is expected to open in 2022.

Employees will work alongside Amazon's innovative robotics technology to pick, pack and ship smaller customer orders, such as books, toys and small household goods. Individuals interested in career opportunities with Amazon are encouraged to visit Amazon.jobs for additional information. 

"Amazon is proud to serve customers across Georgia and throughout the southeast region of the U.S.," said Melissa Nick, Vice President of Customer Fulfillment at Amazon. "Amazon has found an outstanding workforce, strong local support and incredible customers in the state, and we look forward to creating these new, full-time jobs starting at $15 an hour with benefits on day one."

Amazon currently employs more than 21,000 employees in Georgia, with continued hiring underway, and has existing operations facilities across the state, including Georgia's first Amazon robotics fulfillment center in Stone Mountain, which opened in 2020. Amazon's investments in Georgia have contributed $3.2 billion into the economy from 2010 to 2019, and using methodology developed by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the company estimates its investments in the state have created an additional 9,400 indirect jobs on top of Amazon's hires.

"Today is an exciting day to welcome the massive expansion of Amazon in Savannah," said John Coleman, Savannah Economic Development Authority Chairman of the Board of Directors. "With a strong regional workforce talent pipeline and some of the best infrastructure in the country, the Savannah Economic Development Authority stands ready to assist Amazon as they grow and thrive in Savannah."

"This announcement is a testimony to the partnership and collaboration that continues to make Georgia the best state in the nation to do business," said Executive Director of the Georgia Ports Authority Griff Lynch. "The Georgia Ports Authority is proud to play a role in creating jobs for Chatham County and communities throughout Georgia. We endeavor to work with our fellow state and local economic development agencies, as well as thriving partners such as Amazon, toward sustaining communities and fortifying families by relentlessly striving to accelerate global commerce."

The Georgia Department of Economic Development's (GDEcD) Global Commerce division partnered with the Georgia Department of Transportation, Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA), Georgia Ports Authority and Georgia Power on this competitive project. The proceeds from the purchase at the Chatham County Development Site will allow the state to invest in future mega-sites.

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