Amazon’s newest Mississippi fulfillment facility is set to open in mid-July, to build more than 1,000 full-time jobs.

The 700,000-square-foot complex at the Madison County Mega Site in Canton will start its operations 18 months after the company announced the project.

Joey Deason, executive director of the Madison County Economic Development Authority, announced the July 18 launch of the state’s third such facility on Thursday, May 26.

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He said: “We are looking forward to the start of operations in July, and they are excited to get started as well. They’ve had multiple boots on the ground, working from a management standpoint for well over a year.”

It will serve as a holding and sorting facility for many of the items sold and sent by Amazon, as well as a location where people will work with robots to fulfill orders and deliver deliveries.

While the commitment is for 1,000 jobs, he believes the number might rise to 1,800 over the holiday season in November and December.

Deason estimates the hiring process will begin in the first week of June and will last 45 days until operations commence.

It will also be Mississippi’s first to use Amazon‘s robotics technology.

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The worldwide supply system has been stopped by the COVID-19 epidemic, disrupting transportation, raising prices, and diminishing productivity.

When it was announced in November 2020, the facility was expected to be operating a year later, with employment filled for the 2021 Christmas shopping season.

The firm also has locations in Byhalia and Olive Branch.

Source: Fort Bend Herald

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