The 500,000 square foot facility would be located on State Route 840 as Amazon reportedly signing a two-year lease with Duke Realty. The Lebanon facility will be the companys third fulfillment center in Tennessee.
Were delighted to be expanding our investment in Tennessee, bringing hundreds of additional jobs to the state," said Dave Clark, vice-president, Amazon North American Operations.
Amazon is said to be looking for a permanent location in the Nashville area Lebanon and Wilson County are believed to be candidates for a permanent site.
The facility in Lebanon would create about 400 hourly jobs, providing many local residents who are out of work with an avenue to get back into the workforce. In addition, the center would employ about 50 managerial and supervising positions.
In addition to the Lebanon center, Amazon will open two other facilities in Chattanooga and Cleveland, bringing a total of 1,200 new jobs to the state. The news comes just in time as the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released unemployment numbers that showed increases in unemployment rates across 91 of Tennessees 95 counties.
We look forward to opening the doors at three new Amazon facilities in Tennessee this fall, Clark said. Amazon will likely begin operations at the Lebanon facility as early as the end of September.
Amazon is currently recruiting candidates for jobs at the Lebanon facility. The facility will offer a number of job opportunities, including full-time hourly roles in Picking, Packing and Receiving/Shipping, as well as, management roles in Operations, Safety, Human Resources and Technical Support.
In June 2011, unemployment figures indicated there were 5,350 members of Wilson Countys workforce who were unemployed. The Amazon facility could potentially reduce the unemployment rate by up to 0.8 percent, covering the 0.5 percent increase the county saw from May to June in its unemployment rate.
Theres been controversy over recruitment of Amazon to Tennessee in the past several months regarding whether the company should have to collect sales taxes on goods sold to Tennessee customers. Online retailers do not generally collect sales taxes from online purchases.
The Tennessee Legislature proposed a bill that would require Amazon to pay sales taxes when it locates in Tennessee, but the legislation was deferred in June until January 2012.
Were grateful to Governor Haslam, Senator Beavers, Representative Elam, Mayor Craighead, Mayor Hutto and other officials who have demonstrated their commitment to Amazon jobs and investment, said Paul Misener, vice-president, Amazon Global Public Policy.
Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at email@example.com. The Wilson Post broke this story in in July 29 print edition.