By this time next year, a new Amazon distribution center in Lexington County will be busy filling holiday orders. It will be bustling around-the-clock with a combined regular and seasonal workforce of more than 3,000.
State and county officials today formally announced Amazon.com Inc.’s commitment to invest $100 million and create 1,249 new permanent jobs and an additional 2,500 seasonal positions to meet its needs.
According to a SC Commerce Department release, “There was a combination of factors [behind Amazon’s decision],” said Amazon executive Frederick Kiga. “One is the proximity to markets, the other is the availability of workforce and thirdly is a cooperation of state and local officials to get things done.”
The project was fast-tracked, says Commerce Secretary Joe Taylor:
When Commerce brought this project to Lexington County, we code named it project ASAP because we knew our ability to meet the company’s needs in a timely fashion was paramount. From the state to the local level, we were able to accomplish this and ensure permits were in place. DHEC, Lexington County staff and others that were involved in the permitting process moved mountains in a short time to make this happen and I would thank them for their efforts. This announcement came to fruition because we have a government at the state and local level that recognizes time is money for businesses.
The book, music and consumer goods distributor will locate its 1 million-square-foot distribution and fulfillment center in the Saxe Gotha Industrial Park in Lexington County off of I-77 .
The location is near the UPS ground hub located near Columbia Metropolitan Airport and en route to the Port of Charleston via Interstate 26.