South Carolina’s new Amazon Distribution Center is preparing for their opening and hopes to move into its new distribution center near Cayce by September 30.
The new million-square-foot plant is located near Interstate 77 and 12th Street and is being outfitted with shelves, conveyor belts and other equipment. By the end of the year the company plans to fill up to 2,000 seasonal and full-time positions. So far, the company has hired between 400-500 permanent employees. The initial wave of hiring will be largely temporary jobs. Company officials still are working on exactly how many permanent employees are needed for operations at the company’s around-the-clock facility.
Amazon must hire 2,000 full-time permanent employees by the end of 2013 as part of a deal it made with the state legislature in exchange for an exemption on collecting sales taxes on merchandise sold to South Carolina residents.