Amazon to bring new fulfillment center, jobs to Macon

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Amazon is coming to Macon in a move that would create over 500 full-time jobs in the area.

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that the company will be opening a new fulfillment center in Macon-Bill County.

This will be Amazon's fourth fulfillment center in the state. The company currently has three centers in Braselton, Lithia Springs, and Union City. 

“Amazon’s continued investment in our state speaks to our dedication to improve, expand and modernize Georgia’s logistics and distribution network,” said Deal.

The governor said that Georgia's skilled workforce, innovative spirit, and location were a "perfect fit" for Amazon.

"The company’s needs align with many of our key industries, from technology to distribution to connectivity,” Deal said.

Amazon will be leasing a million square feet of industrial space for the facility in Macon.

Jobs at the facility are going to include warehouse positions – which will have employees packing and shipping large items like furniture and sporting equipment – as well as management, and supervisory positions.

“Georgia continues to be a great place for Amazon to do business and we look forward to adding a fulfillment center to better serve our customers in the region,” said Sanjay Shah, Amazon's vice president of North America customer fulfillment. “We’re glad to be a part of the community and provide a positive economic impact for the region.”

Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reicher said he was "delighted" to welcome Amazon to his county.

"I’m looking forward to helping them become a part of our community," Reicher said.