Amazon to open fulfillment centers in Tennessee Valley region
December 21, 2010 – Amazon.com has announced plans to locate two 1-million-square-foot fulfillment centers in East Tennessee. The Seattle-based online dealer of books, electronics and a host of other products will locate one plant at the Enterprise South Industrial Park in Chattanooga, Tenn., and the other along State Route 308 in neighboring Bradley County, Tenn.
The plants will add about 1,400 jobs in the next three years to the Chattanooga-area economy, along with hundreds of additional seasonal jobs during the company's peak season. Amazon is expected to invest a combined total of $139 million in the two centers, which should be operational before the 2011 holiday season.
“I’m pleased our discussions with Amazon.com have concluded with a positive result,” said Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. “This announcement means good job opportunities for Tennesseans with a great company and a strong endorsement of Tennessee’s business climate.”
“Amazon.com’s announcement is another example of the effectiveness of Governor Bredesen’s Jobs Cabinet and the strength of our partnerships with the local communities,” said Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber. “This is a significant investment by a highly respected global brand and we’re pleased to have Amazon.com in Tennessee.”
Economic development partners in the project include EPB (the Chattanooga power distributor), Cleveland Utilities, Volunteer Energy Cooperative, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, the city of Chattanooga/Hamilton County, Cleveland-Bradley County Chamber of Commerce, the city of Cleveland/Bradley County, and TVA.