published Monday, December 20th, 2010

Amazon.com finalizes two centers

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    Staff Photo by Dan Henry/Chattanooga Times Free Press The proposed site for Amazon's 1 million-square-foot distribution center at Enterprise South.

Amazon.com has finalized its plan to build two fulfillment centers in Southeast Tennessee, creating about 1,400 jobs, officials said today.

“I’m pleased our discussions with Amazon.com have concluded with a positive result,” said Gov. Phil Bredesen.

Amazon is expected to invest about $139 million in two 1 million-square-foot facilities.

One will go at Enterprise South industrial park in Chattanooga and the other along State Route 308 in neighboring Bradley County.

In addition to the permanent jobs to be created over three years, Amazon officials have said it plans to create about 2,000 seasonal jobs.

The new fulfillment centers are expected to be operational before the 2011 holiday season. Amazon officials said they expect to seek applicants by mid-2011.

“This announcement means good job opportunities for Tennesseans with a great company and a strong endorsement of Tennessee’s business climate,” the governor said.

For the full story, see Tuesday’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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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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librul said...

Oh joy! Pretty soon, all Tennesseans will have to pay taxes on online Amazon purchases.

December 20, 2010 at 2:38 p.m.
Allison12 said...

Can the taxpayers see the incentive package, now that the deal is done? Afterall, small business and property owners are just paying the tab.

December 20, 2010 at 3:05 p.m.
bergerberg said...

If the land was govt owned no one was paying any tax on it. If the land is given to Amazon they will create jobs, pay the school portion of taxes immediately, and the full rate within a decade. How is that straining the backs of small business and property owners? Don't be short-sighted.

December 20, 2010 at 3:39 p.m.
LibDem said...

Sales tax on Amazon purchases has long been the law of Tennessee. Of course, you have the right to obey only the laws you like. Ask any of the young men standing around on the streets downtown.

December 20, 2010 at 5:40 p.m.
Sailorman said...

Glad to see the new jobs

"Sales tax on Amazon purchases has long been the law of Tennessee."

True but how many people do you know who voluntarily account for it and send a check to Nashville?

I wonder what dollar volume Amazon has shipped to Tennessee in the past? Ought to be worth a pretty penny in tax revenue.

December 20, 2010 at 6:06 p.m.
Allison12 said...

I want to see the incentives package period, taxpayers need to see what the deal taxpayers have agreed to.

December 20, 2010 at 7:36 p.m.
tifosi said...

This is old news. They broke ground last week, heavy equipment is rolling now.

How are some people such idiots to criticize such an opportunity??? Other communities would be falling all over themselves to attract this. Geeez... don't look a gift horse in the mouth. The Army gave the land to us. It was doing nothing for how many decades??? Generating no taxes, no jobs, no revenue and then folks want to whine about it. Pay the sales tax and it will come back ten-fold, when all Tennesseans are contributing to Hamilton County's benefit. BRING IT ON!!!

December 20, 2010 at 9:12 p.m.
CollegeGraduate said...

That's good news about the jobs for people that need them, but this sucks for me. Amazon is a neat company. I like to shop on Amazon.com because their service is great, free shipping, lower prices, and best of all NO TAX. Amazon does not charge tax on purchases in TN, but when this distribution center opens they will have to. I dislike paying taxes to Tennessee. This state is sooo lame and backwards. They rarely ever do anything constructive with the income.

December 20, 2010 at 11:45 p.m.
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