Amazon Plans To Build A New Fulfillment Center In Alcoa, Tennessee. Anticipated To Launch In 2022, The Facility Will Create Nearly 800 New Jobs. Since 2015, Tennessee Has Provided Amazon With Fast Track Grants In Excess Of $7 Million.
Photo: A rendering of Amazon’s new fulfillment center in Alcoa, Tenn.
Photo Credit: Rendering courtesy of Amazon
Published February 4, 2021
The Center Square [By Vivian Jones]-
Amazon will build a new robotics technology fulfillment center in Alcoa, Tennessee officials announced Wednesday.
The new facility in Blount County will be Amazon’s eighth fulfillment center in Tennessee and the third announced in the past 12 months. Amazon announced new fulfillment centers in Memphis and Mt. Juliet in 2020.
“Having Amazon locate in a community has proven to be beneficial for everyone involved,” Blount County Economic Development Board Chairman Matt Murray in said a statement. “The regional economic impact of an operation like this will be felt almost immediately.”
Nearly 800 new full-time jobs will be created at the facility, which is anticipated to launch in 2022. Amazon will receive an incentive grant from the state in connection with the new facility, but information on the amount of the FastTrack grant was not available.
Tennessee has provided Amazon more than $7 million in FastTrack grants connected with new operations since 2015. The state provided a $2 million FastTrack grant to Amazon in July as an incentive for its Mount Juliet fulfillment center.
“It is a testament to the strength of Tennessee’s business climate that companies are attracted to our state and choose to operate and expand here,” Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner (DECDC) Bob Rolfe said in a statement.
Amazon has invested nearly $9 billion in Tennessee in infrastructure and employee compensation, according to the DECDC.
About the Author:
Vivian Jones, The Center Square Staff Reporter
Vivian Jones reports on Tennessee and South Carolina for The Center Square. Her writing has appeared in the Detroit News, The Hill, and publications of The Heartland Institute.