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Sunday, March 25, 2012    |   
Workers process orders on an assembly line at the Amazon fulfillment center.
Workers process orders on an assembly line at the Amazon fulfillment center.
Photo by Doug Strickland.

The biggest new employer in Chattanooga since World War II began operations last fall, adding more than 3,000 full-time and temporary workers at new distribution centers in Chattanooga and nearby Charleston, Tenn.

Amazon, the world's biggest Internet retailer, built two 1 million-square-foot distribution centers in Southeast Tennessee and opened or announced plans for three others elsewhere in Tennessee.

In 2011, more than $143 million of other major new business investments were announced for the Chattanooga area and should be completed this year or next.

Life Care in Ooltewah: Retirement facility, $41 million.

ADM: Flour milling, $25 million.

CarMax: Auto dealership, $20 million.

Kalenborn International: Manufacturer of wear-resistant metal plates, $16 million.

Mann + Hummel USA: Manufacturer of air intake manifolds in Dunlap, Tenn., $15 million.

Craftworks Restaurants & Breweries: New company headquarters, $11 million.

Roadtec: Manufacturer of construction machinery, $9.2 million

Akzo Nobel: Manufacturer of specialty chemicals/coatings, $6.7 million.

Gestamp Corp.: Automotive supplier, $3 million

Eastside Utility District: Water utility, $3 million

Hamilton Funeral Home & Cremation Services: Funeral home, $2 million.

LJT/Steel Warehouse: Steel processor, $2 million.

Art Creations: Artist materials and framing, $1.1 million.

TractManager: Contract management, $1 million.

Village Volkswagen: Automobile dealership expansion, $1 million.

ATN Holzel LP: Manufacturer of custom robotic gluing solutions, $500,000.

Steel Warehouse: Steel processor, no investment amount disclosed.

Areva: Engineering and project support, no investment amount disclosed.

Ragan Smith Associates: Engineering, landscape and surveying, no investment amount disclosed.

Source: Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce