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Amazon to create 500 jobs with new Macon fulfillment center

October 31, 2017 GMT

ATLANTA — A day after announcing Georgia again had ranked first in the nation in business friendliness, Gov. Nathan Deal said Amazon was creating 500 new full-time jobs in middle Georgia with its fourth fulfillment center in the state, this one to be located in Macon.

“Amazon’s continued investment in our state speaks to our dedication to improve, expand and modernize Georgia’s logistics and distribution network,” Deal said. “As a top national distribution hub, suppliers can reach 80 percent of the U.S. population from Georgia in just a two-day truck drive or a two-hour flight.

“Our robust technology network and world-class logistics infrastructure have been immeasurably beneficial in attracting new business to Georgia and spurring growth for companies already operating here. Georgia’s strategic location, skilled workforce and innovative spirit are a perfect fit for Amazon’s innovative approach to business, as the company’s needs align with many of our key industries, from technology to distribution to connectivity.”

On Monday, Deal said the Site Selection, an economic development trade magazine, had named Georgia the best state in which to do business for the fifth consecutive year.

Amazon has operating fulfillment centers in Braselton, Lithia Springs and Union City. Employees at the new facility will pick, pack and ship large-sized items for customers, including household furniture, sporting equipment and gardening tools, Deal’s office said.

“Georgia continues to be a great place for Amazon to do business and we look forward to adding a fulfillment center to better serve our customers in the region,” Sanjay Shah, Amazon vice president of North America customer fulfillment, said. “Our new fulfillment center in Macon will create hundreds of full-time jobs with competitive pay and great benefits.

“We’re glad to be a part of the community and provide a positive economic impact for the region.”

Deal’s office said that Amazon will lease 1 million square feet of industrial space in Macon. The new jobs will include warehouse, management and supervisory positions.

Employees at the fulfillment center will receive comprehensive benefits starting on day one, including medical, dental and vision insurance as well as 401(k) options, performance-based bonuses and company stock awards. Amazon also offers full-time employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where the company will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon, the governor’s office said.

“Once again, Macon-Bibb County has been selected as a great location for a business to expand its new logistics operation because of our location, our workforce, and our quality of life,” Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert said. “I’m delighted to welcome Amazon to Macon-Bibb, and I’m looking forward to helping them become a part of our community.”

The Georgia Department of Economic Development Logistics, Energy, Agribusiness & Food Team Director Brittany Holtzclaw represented the Global Commerce division throughout this project in partnership with the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority and Georgia EMC.

“We are thrilled that Amazon continues to deepen its roots, and grow its presence in Georgia,” state Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson said. “Amazon’s commitment to our state has transformed our technology and logistics infrastructure, and I am glad that Georgia continues to provide Amazon with the resources they need to continue to drive innovation all over the world.

“We are looking forward to a future filled with continued collaboration with one of the most recognizable technology powerhouses.”