Online retail giant Amazon this morning announced that it will open four new distribution centers, two in Virginia and two in Tennessee, and that it will invest a total of $270 million to get the new facilities completed by next fall – just in time for next year’s holiday season.
In Virginia, Amazon says it will create about 1,350 jobs, while the new distribution centers in Tennessee will create 1,300 jobs. Amazon operates such facilities, which it calls fulfillment centers, to warehouse and ship items customers have ordered on Amazon.com.
The new sites will be able to fullfil orders across the United States, the company said.
Together with the Governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell, Amazon announced that it will invest $85 million in Chesterfield County, and invest another $50 million in Dinwiddie County.
Governor McDonnell approved a total of $3.5 million in grants from the ‘Governor’s Opportunity Fund’ to assist Chesterfield County and Dinwiddie County with the project.
In conjunction with the Governor of Tennessee, Bill Haslam, the company announced that it will invest $135 million in two new fulfillment centers to complement exisiting facilities in Wilson, Hamilton and Bradley Counties.
In total, Amazon says, the company will be creating more than 3,300 jobs and more than $270 million in investment in Tennessee.