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December 20th, 2010 by Mike Pare in News

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

Staff Photo by Dan Henry/Chattanooga Times Free Press The... 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 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.