Amazon to expand presence in Georgia

The site of the new Amazon fulfillment center is shown as the company expands their presence in Georgia.
Get excited Savannah residents because Amazon is coming to Chatham County in 2022.

Governor Brian P. Kemp announced Amazon will expand its presence in Georgia with a new fulfillment center planned in our area. The new facility will feature innovative robotics technology and create 1,000 full-time jobs.

“The location is vital to Amazon because Savannah has all these logistical advantages,” said Savannah Economic Development Authority President and CEO Trip Tollison. “We have a good workforce, great infrastructure and I think we check all the boxes.”

Employees working at the 640,000-square-foot facility, located on Pine Meadow Dr., approximately 7.5 miles from the Georgia Ports Authority, can look forward to working alongside Amazon’s innovative robotics technology to pick, pack, and ship smaller customer orders, such as books, toys and small household goods.

“Partnerships with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia Ports Authority and all of our partners, we really focused on what they needed, where they had to go, what advantages they needed right out of the gate and this site clearly became the favorite,” Tollison said.

The Georgia Ports Authority is proud to play a role creating jobs for Chatham County and communities throughout Georgia, said Executive Director of the Georgia Ports Authority Griff Lynch.

“This announcement is a testimony to the partnership and collaboration that continues to make Georgia the best state in the nation to do business,” Lynch said. “We endeavor to work with our fellow state and local economic development agencies, as well as thriving partners such as Amazon, toward sustaining communities and fortifying families by relentlessly striving to accelerate global commerce.”

John Coleman, Savannah Economic Development Authority Chairman of the Board of Directors, said it’s an exciting day.

“With a strong regional workforce, talent pipeline and some of the best infrastructure in the country, the Savannah Economic Development Authority stands ready to assist Amazon as they grow and thrive in Savannah. Amazon’s location in Savannah is ideally located to draw a regional workforce from Chatham and surrounding counties.”

Amazon currently employs more than 21,000 employees in Georgia, with continued hiring underway, and has existing operations facilities across the state. Amazon’s investments in Georgia have contributed $3.2 billion into the economy from 2010 to 2019, and its investments in the state have created an additional 9,400 indirect jobs on top of Amazon’s hires.

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