Gov. Sanford, Dept. of Commerce and Lexington County Announce Amazon.com Inc.’s Plans to Create 1,249 new permanent jobs

Dec82010

$100 million distribution center expected to support an additional 2,500 seasonal positions

COLUMBIA, S.C. – December 8, 2010 – Gov. Mark Sanford, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Lexington County and the Central SC Alliance today formally announced Amazon.com, Inc.’s plans to invest up to $100 million and create 1,249 new permanent jobs with the establishment of a new distribution center in Lexington County. The facility is expected to create an additional 2,500 seasonal positions to meet its needs and to be operational before the 2011 holiday season.

“Amazon.com is an example of true innovation and entrepreneurship. This is a company that developed a consumer concept that has evolved from filling orders out of the founder's garage to exceeding net sales of $24 billion last year. The company’s decision to put down roots here and make a substantial investment in capital and new job creation is further indication that our state’s efforts to establish a business-friendly climate are proving successful in today’s competitive global market.  Amazon.com is indeed a welcomed addition to our state’s business community and its investment will bring new opportunity to the local workforce in Lexington County.  I’d thank Secretary Taylor and the team at Commerce, as well as the local economic development community for their successful efforts to recruit Amazon.com to South Carolina,” said Gov. Sanford.

“Amazon.com’s decision to locate in South Carolina is the culmination of a strong team effort at the state and county level.  When Commerce brought this project to Lexington County, we code named it project ASAP because we knew our ability to meet the company’s needs in a timely fashion was paramount. From the state to the local level, we were able to accomplish this and ensure permits were in place.  DHEC, Lexington County staff and others that were involved in the permitting process moved mountains in a short time to make this happen and I would thank them for their efforts. This announcement came to fruition because we have a government at the state and local level that recognizes time is money for businesses,” said Commerce Secretary Joe Taylor.  “This announcement of yet another marquee name choosing to call South Carolina home sends a strong message to the world that we have the business environment, workforce and market access necessary to help world-class operations succeed.”  

Amazon.com plans to locate its approximately 1 million-square-foot distribution and fulfillment center in the Saxe Gotha Industrial Park in Lexington County.  The facility is located off of I-77 at Exit 2, New Industrial Park Road (an extension of 12th Street). The location provides prime interstate access as well as close proximity to the UPS ground hub located near Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

“The Lexington County Council is privileged to welcome internet retail giant Amazon.com to South Carolina and in particular, Lexington County.  In addition to the 1,200 jobs expected to be created, we firmly believe that this company will be a huge corporate citizen for the Midlands area.  Amazon.com’s location here is an affirmation of our workforce, the county’s transportation network and the importance of the Port of Charleston,” said Jim Kinard, chairman of Lexington County Council.

“We welcome this significant economic development announcement today by Amazon.com Inc. Lexington County and the Central South Carolina region offers some very unique assets for ‘best-in-class’ distribution companies.  From a comprehensive ground, rail, air and ocean transport system to a skilled and trained workforce the Central SC Region offers easy access to millions of customers,” said Central SC Alliance Chairman Jim Apple.

“Congratulations to Lexington County Council on their efforts and we greatly appreciate the support of the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the other allies that participated in bringing this project along to a successful conclusion. These are competitive projects that take months to work by many, many folks.  We welcome Amazon.com Inc. to the neighborhood and remain committed to attracting more quality companies, investment and jobs to this region,” said Mike Briggs, Central SC Alliance president.