Amazon to build $187 million fulfillment center in Alcoa

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and local leaders Wednesday announced a multi-million-dollar Amazon development that will bring hundreds of jobs to the East Tennessee.

According to Tennessee Department of Transportation documents, Amazon will build a 634,812-square-foot facility along Singleton Station Road in Alcoa. The facility is expected to be operational by mid-2022 and will create 800 full-time jobs with an average hourly wage of $15 plus benefits.

Property value and capital investment for the project is estimated to be over $187 million with roadwork around the project estimated at $15 million. Planning documents show an estimated 200 heavy trucks will utilize the facility each day.

A spokesperson for the Blount Partnership, a non-profit organization that works to provide business opportunities in Blount County, said Amazon would not receive any tax breaks or incentives to build the Alcoa facility.

The Alcoa facility will be Amazon’s third fulfillment center in Tennessee to use innovative robotics technology and the company’s eighth fulfillment center in the Volunteer State. Amazon currently operates fulfillment and sortation centers in Charleston, Chattanooga, Lebanon, Memphis, Murfreesboro and Nashville.

Amazon announced last year it would establish similar fulfillment center operations in Mt. Juliet and Memphis.

“Over the past year, Amazon has announced projects in each of Tennessee’s grand divisions, accounting for nearly 3,000 new jobs. As we continue to navigate through the pandemic and reboot our economy, we know our recovery is supported by the success of our Tennessee businesses. We are grateful that Amazon continues to provide jobs to thousands of Tennesseans, and we congratulate the company on its newest fulfillment center in Alcoa.”

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee

Since 2010, Amazon has invested nearly $9 billion in Tennessee, including infrastructure and compensation to thousands of its employees in the state.

“I, along with all the citizens of Blount County, are delighted Amazon made its decision to locate here,” Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell said. “The jobs and worldwide recognition it brings are extremely beneficial to this area. We thank Amazon, Gov. Bill Lee, Tennessee ECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and our county and city commissioners for tirelessly working together to bring this project to fruition. I, along with the citizens of Blount County, wish them great success and look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

During Wednesday’s virtual announcement, Amazon’s Holly Sullivan explained why the company chose Alcoa to plant its latest business venture.

“One of the primary things we look at is the available work force and the talent within the market. So when you’re looking at sort of the labor analysis of Alcoa, Maryville, Blount County, kind of the larger Knoxville area, there’s some deep resources there,” Sullivan said. “We also look at where’s a great opportunity for us to be good neighbors and grow with the community.”

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.amazondelivers.jobs.

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