Amazon, Wal-Mart to Build More Warehouses

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Two of the top retailers plan on opening large distribution centers and creating more than 1,500 jobs in supply chain warehousing. announced that it is building an 850,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Jefferson, Ga. When opened, Amazon said the facility will create 1,000 full-time jobs. The company already has more than 1,500 full-time employees at its facilities in the state.

“Georgia has been a great place to do business for Amazon, and we look forward to adding a new fulfillment center to better serve our customers in the region,” Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations, said in a statement.

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Leaders in Georgia noted that the region’s infrastructure is critical to the success of the freight network.

“Not only is this fulfillment center important to the community and its citizens but is a testament to our seamless logistics infrastructure, which is so critically important to companies like Amazon,” Gov. Nathan Deal said.

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“Amazon’s second investment in Jackson County in less than a year speaks to the quality of our workforce and to our strategic location on the I-85 corridor,” said Jim Shaw, president of the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce.

Meanwhile, Wal-Mart is building a $135 million, 2.5 million-square-foot distribution center, located close to Interstate 10 near Mobile, Ala., that is expected to open in the spring of 2018. The company said it will hire more than 500 workers to staff the warehouse.