published Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Amazon building two more Tennessee centers

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Amazon plans to open two new fulfillment centers in Tennessee, creating over 1,300 new jobs and $135 million in investment in the state, officials said today.

The new distribution centers to be located in Wilson and Rutherford counties, according to Gov. Bill Haslam and Amazon.

Together with existing facilities in Wilson, Hamilton and Bradley counties, Amazon will now be creating more than 3,300 jobs and more than $270 million in investment in Tennessee, they said.

"This is exciting news for Middle Tennessee and the entire state as Amazon continues to grow and expand its presence here," Haslam said. "We appreciate the company's significant investment and ongoing partnership to create and grow Tennessee jobs."

Dave Clark, vice president of Amazon’s North American operations, said the company is “thrilled to create more than 1,300 additional jobs in Tennessee and are thankful to Governor Haslam and state, county and local leaders for their continued commitment to Amazon jobs and investment. We’re proud to call Tennessee home and look forward to serving our customers from these new facilities in Murfreesboro and Lebanon.”

Amazon’s new facilities are expected to be completed next fall.

Amazon also announced two new centers in Virginia, in Chesterfield and Dinwiddie counties.

See Friday’s Times Free Press for the full story.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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VoiceOfTruth said...

Wish someone would look into the working conditions at the Enterprise South Amazon establishment. Also, why they've had such a huge turnover in the initial crews that were hired in late September. Several weeks after hiring started, Amazon had a meeting with all the employees and offered anyone who would be willing to quit a $1,000 with the stipulation they could never work for Amazon again. I think some of the former employees need to be interviewed before Tennessee invests a lot more money into bringing more Amazon plants into the state.

December 22, 2011 at 11:09 a.m.
sage1 said...

That's interesting. I suppose $1,000 a head is cheaper than paying them unemployment for.....Umm...How many extensions are we up to now?

Then again, that's a good way to get rid of anyone that has had a change of heart about working at Amazon without laying off or firing them.

December 22, 2011 at 11:16 a.m.

VoiceOfTruth = Voice of Union?

December 22, 2011 at 11:24 a.m.
fechancellor said...

Just last year in the depth of this recession the IBEW/NECA was forced run radio spots in an effort to fill out its apprentice program. Being an apprentice means getting paid and full benefits, while and getting an education in a trade.

At Amazon, could it be that the work is considered too hard and work process too structured for some of the employees?

Former employees of Amazon should try working in a well structured environment like a spinning mill or sock factory, where the work pays less and demands more.

December 22, 2011 at 12:59 p.m.
hcdeparent said...

I agree with VoiceofTruth...check out the way the temp agency is running Amazon. My son was hired through the temp agency. He was suppose to start on a Wednesday night, so he stayed up the night before so he could sleep that day and be ready to work that night. He received a call that day and was told that they had hired too many for that week and he would need to start the next Wednesday. They were also told at the orientation that the new hires should show up two hours early as they only would take on so many news ones each week. This reminds me of a concentration camp of people waiting in line. He was hired and given a quota of 75 orders to pull...the quota kept going up each night until it was 250. When he didn't make the 250 mark that night they told him to come in on a Monday along with five others, they were let go but could come back in 3 months to work again. Seems like they are running up the number of employees to look good ...but not keeping them employed. I read on an Amazon employee's facebook page that the Amazon employees were upset because the temp agency was hiring too many temps to work and taking their overtime. Employee against temp employee not good working conditions.

December 22, 2011 at 6:04 p.m.
fftspam said...

The $1000 cash to leave is a tactic to test loyalty. They would rather have an employee who wants to work than one who takes the money and run. First started famously by Zappos, later bought by Amazon who adopted it. Zappos offers $5000 to quit. Nobody takes it as they value having a JOB.

hcde: Your son was hired for TEMPORARY job. I have never known a temp job to be a guaranteed job. If your son was performing, why would they replace him? That makes no sense. Not like the HCDE where you are guaranteed your job no matter how pee-poor your performance is. Concentration camp? huh? explain? Stating you read "an Amazon employee's facebook page" really? What credibility reading a random facebook 'page' give you? All that being said... I do thank you for raising your son who goes looking for work.. Thank you for being a good parent.

December 23, 2011 at 6:49 a.m.
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