MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe say that Amazon is continuing its investments in the Volunteer State by establishing a new, state-of-the art fulfillment center in Memphis.
Amazon will create 1,000 new full-time jobs, with industry leading pay and benefits starting on day one, at its new Shelby County fulfillment center. Employees at the 855,000-square-foot fulfillment center will work alongside Amazon’s innovative robotics technology to pick, pack and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and consumer goods.
“We are excited to welcome Amazon to North Shelby County,” said Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris. “We are thrilled that Amazon continues to see the value in Shelby County as it expands its Mid-south footprint. The 1,000 new living wage jobs will be a great addition to the Frayser community. Shelby County Government looks forward to supporting the great partnerships with Amazon and the City of Memphis as our economy continues to grow.
According to TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe: “This is a big win for Memphis and Shelby County. For years, Amazon has been a tremendous partner, and we are pleased to welcome its sixth fulfillment center to Tennessee. Today’s announcement reaffirms that Tennessee’s strong workforce, quality of life and pro-business environment are attractive to the world’s leading businesses and brands.”
Amazon currently operates fulfillment and sorting centers in Charleston, Chattanooga, Lebanon, Memphis, Murfreesboro, and Nashville, a Prime Now Hub in Nashville and various other facilities supporting last mile delivery operations across the state. The company is in the midst of building a corporate office in downtown Nashville, which will house the tech and management functions for Amazon’s Retail Operations division.
Since 2010, Amazon has invested more than $6.5 billion into its local fulfillment center infrastructure and through compensation to thousands of employees in the state. Amazon’s investments in Tennessee contributed an additional $4.5 billion into the state’s economy, and using methodology developed by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Amazon estimates its investments in the state have created an additional 6,000 indirect jobs on top of the company’s 6,500 direct hires.
“Amazon’s decision to create 1,000 new jobs in Memphis is a testament to Tennessee’s position as a leader in the logistics industry,” said Gov. Lee. “Across Tennessee, Amazon employs 6,500 Tennesseans, and that number continues to grow. I am proud to see Amazon make this considerable investment in Memphis and expand the job opportunities for our residents in West Tennessee.”
Amazon’s fulfillment network supports millions of small, medium, and large-sized businesses worldwide through its Fulfillment By Amazon offering. There are more than 30,000 authors, sellers and developers in Tennessee, growing their businesses and reaching new customers on Amazon products and services every day.