Amazon is continuing its investments in the Volunteer State by establishing a new, state-of-the art fulfillment center in Memphis, Tennessee.
Amazon will create 1,000 new full-time jobs at its new Shelby County fulfillment center. Employees at the 855,000-square-foot facility will work alongside Amazon’s innovative robotics technology to pick, pack and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and consumer goods.
“Tennessee is a great state for business and Amazon is proud to continue our growth and investment with our newest fulfillment center in Shelby County. We are proud to call Tennessee home and are grateful for the strong support we have received from state and community leaders. We look forward to creating great jobs, with industry leading pay and benefits that start on day one, in a safe, innovative workplace for residents across the region,” said Amazon Director of Regional Operations Rob Packett.
Amazon currently operates fulfillment and sortation 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. 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,” said Governor Bill Lee.
“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,” said Bob Rolfe, Commissioner of TNECD.
“I’ve said all along that I want all Memphians, all neighborhoods, to feel the momentum we have in our city right now. What better way to do that than to welcome a worldwide brand like Amazon into the Frayser community. This project will bring in new jobs, new development and new life to an already strong Frayser community. I mean it when I say ‘Memphis, all of Memphis, has momentum,” said Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.
“We are excited to welcome Amazon to North Shelby County. 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,” Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris added.
“Amazon’s commitment to bring 1,000 jobs to North Memphis is another strong signal that Memphis is a community where global brands can grow and thrive. We are excited to see economic momentum reaching every corner of our city and we appreciate Amazon’s investment to bringing jobs to Memphis,” said Greater Memphis Chamber CEO Beverly Robertson.