23
Jan

Amazon to open in Spartanburg this Fall

Amazon to open in Spartanburg this Fall

By Liz Segrist and Chuck Crumbo
lsegrist@scbiznews.com
ccrumbo@scbiznews.com

Amazon plans to open its Spartanburg County distribution center by the fall, said Dave Clark, vice president of Amazon global customer fulfillment.

The online retailer officially announced its plans today to invest around $50 million in the 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Spartanburg. The Seattle-based company expects to create 390 jobs there, according to an announcement by Spartanburg County Council in December.

“We’re well on our way to creating 2,000 jobs and investing $125 million [in South Carolina],” said Paul Misener, Amazon’s vice president for global policy, speaking during a Columbia Rotary Club meeting today.

Amazon recently opened a 1 million-square-foot distribution center near Cayce at the Saxe Gothe Industrial Park near the interchange of interstates 26 and 77. It now has 550 fulltime employees and at the height of the holiday season there were 1,800 full-time and temporary workers.

The Columbia center distributes smaller items, such as iPods, and the Spartanburg center will distribute larger items, such as kayaks or lawn mowers.

“South Carolina has been a great home for us and we’re excited to create hundreds of additional jobs in the state,” Clark said. “We had a great first holiday season in Lexington County and we look forward to serving our customers from both Lexington and Spartanburg counties by the fall.”

Previous coverage
Spartanburg council approves Amazon facility
Spartanburg County working to lure Amazon to the area
Amazon opens Cayce distribution center
Lexington County lands massive Amazon distribution center

 

Amazon will build the Spartanburg facility on or along the 200-plus acre industrial park near John Dodd Road near I-26.

Amazon follows a model in building more than one facility in a state, as in Tennessee and now in South Carolina, said Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt, the council’s Economic Recruitment and Development Committee chairman.

The council approved an agreement with economic incentives for infrastructure and hiring, as well as a 6% fee-in-lieu of taxes agreement for 30 years.

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