A new one million-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center will be coming to Augusta County which will create 500 new jobs

The facility, which is in Trader Road in Fishersville, will be utilized to pick, pack, and ship bulky or larger-sized client items such as carpets, outdoor equipment, furniture, and more, according to a press statement.

Governor Glenn Youngkin made the announcement on Thursday, February 24.

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Augusta County rezoned the land in question in August for a projected one million square foot distribution warehouse.

Amazon’s arrival in the county had not been mentioned at the time.

The retail giant’s new facility is set to be operational in the spring of 2023 and will bring 500 new jobs to Amazon’s existing workforce of more than 30,000 full- and part-time employees in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Governor Glenn Youngkin said:“Jump-starting the economy is a top priority for my administration, and we celebrate the 500 new jobs in Augusta County and a strengthened partnership with Amazon,”

He added: “Amazon’s new fulfillment center in Virginia is a testament to the Commonwealth’s exceptional infrastructure, competitive business costs, and long-term commitment that I’ve made to make sure we are developing talent and training workers to make Virginia the best state for business.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership partnered with Augusta County and the Shenandoah Valley Partnership to secure the project for Virginia.

The company is eligible for the Major Business Facility Job Tax Credit since it has created new full-time employees.

Gerald Garber, the chairperson of the Augusta County Board of Supervisors, said: “Augusta County looks forward to welcoming Amazon to our business community, and we appreciate the company’s recognition of the logistics and infrastructure benefits we offer for the business,”

He added: “We value the company’s investment in this location, as well as the commitment to create 500 new jobs to help fuel our economy’s growth.”

This is Amazon’s second announcement in the area.

The firm first revealed in 2020 it would open a new delivery station at the former Kmart in Waynesboro.

In December 2020, it was confirmed Amazon had leased the former 384,094 square foot Kmart at 2712 W. Main St. to operate as a delivery station slated to open at some point in 2021.

Delivery stations are where Amazon customer orders are prepared for last-mile delivery to customers, its website said.

There are at present 10 delivery stations in Virginia — in Springfield, Sterling, Gainesville, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Newport News, Bristol, Richmond and Manassas.

Amazon’s Vice President of North America Customer Fulfillment Melissa Nick: “We are proud to expand our Virginia operations with this Fishersville fulfillment center, this facility joins two recently launched delivery stations in Waynesboro and Louisa and will be vital to our ability to serve customers and provide great selection and fast Prime shipping speeds across the region.”

Amazon’s Virginia fulfillment operations began in Sterling in 2006, and the business has since expanded its network to encompass more than 30 fulfillment and sorting centers, as well as delivery stations, throughout the state.

Since 2010, Amazon investments have contributed $34 billion to Virginia’s economy, created over 96,000 subsidiary jobs and more than 42,000 small and medium businesses and sovereign authors in Virginia are selling to customers through Amazon’s online marketplace.

Source: NewsLeader

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