Central Georgians’ Amazon orders will be coming from familiar territory when the e-commerce powerhouse opens its 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center on Sardis Church Road at Skipper Road. Fulfillment centers are warehouses where merchandise is stored before being shipped out to customers. The Bibb County-based center sits on approximately 100 acres and will bring a more than $18 million (annual) payroll to Central Georgia.
The nearly completed project, which was announced by Governor Nathan Deal last fall, means more than just faster shipping for Central Georgia: Amazon’s $90 million dollar investment will create more than 500 new full-time jobs, and the Telegraph reports up to 1,000 workers could be employed from October to January – Amazon’s busiest season.
Stephen Adams is the acting director for the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority. He said the Authority anticipates the fulfillment center will launch in the first quarter of 2019 and hiring will begin in the weeks prior to launch.
“The fulfillment center means direct dollars back to Macon-Bibb County and the Bibb County Board of Education,” Adams said. “It means over $18 million in annual payroll that was not there before. It means more money being spent in our community, and the overall quality of life in Macon will improve.”