South Carolina's Lexington County Council has approved an incentives package that will bring online retailer Amazon.com to Columbia, creating 1,249 jobs by the end of 2013, the Herald
reports. The company will invest $40 million in the 1 million-square-foot distribution center and begin construction next month.
Labor costs and the site's proximity to the Columbia Metropolitan Airport and seaports attracted Amazon.com to Columbia. Doug Woodward, a University of South Carolina economist and researcher, called Amazon.com a "marquee name" that could help attract other businesses to the Columbia area.
The incentives package includes property tax breaks and the repeal of Sunday sales restrictions, which Amazon.com requested to aid its 24-hour operation. State commerce officials will provide $2.5 million towards land donation.
The facility is Amazon.com's second in the southeast. Its other distribution site is in Tennessee. Both sites serve global customers.