Amazon announced Wednesday that it will invest US$200 million in eastern Tennessee to build a new distribution centre that will result in 800 jobs.
Gov. Bill Lee and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe praised the Alcoa-based project during a virtual event with Amazon officials.
The facility is expected to be completed in 2022. It will be Amazon’s third fulfillment centre to use robotics technology in Tennessee and the company’s eighth fulfillment centre in the state.
The more than 634,812 square-foot facility will handle smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and consumer goods.
Separately, Amazon is also building an operations hub in Nashville that is expected to create 5,000 jobs in the area.
“Over the past year, Amazon has announced projects in each of Tennessee’s grand divisions, accounting for nearly 3,000 new jobs,” Lee said in a statement. “As we continue to navigate through the pandemic and reboot our economy, we know our recovery is supported by the success of our Tennessee businesses.”
The project is being developed by Hillwood Development Company, Inc.