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Amazon expects to hire 500 for new distribution center in Braselton

Amazon will add a new 600,000-square-foot distribution center in Braselton and hire about 500 people, Gov. Nathan Deal’s office said this morning in a news release.

“Amazon expects to find an abundance of local talent to fill these 500 new, full-time jobs,” Nina Lindsey, spokeswoman for Amazon, said by email. “There may be some Amazon employees who wish to transfer to the new location for personal reasons, but that would be the exception and an extremely small number.”

Amazon employs more than 1,500 full-time employees in Georgia.

The center in Jackson County will be used for packing and shipping large items such as household décor, sporting equipment and gardening tools.

“We are excited to expand in the state of Georgia and add a new fulfillment center to better serve our customers in the region,” said Akash Chauhan, vice president of Amazon’s North America operations. “This facility will create hundreds of new jobs with competitive pay and great benefits starting on day one.”

Jackson County Commission Chairman Tom Crow said the county is “excited” Amazon has chosen to locate there.

“Amazon’s investment in Jackson County is not only an investment in our workforce but will create a partnership with our community, positively impacting us for years to come,” he said.

Braselton Mayor Bill Orr said the city is “delighted” to welcome Amazon to the town.

“We have an outstanding corporate citizenship, and Amazon is a great addition and fit for our community,” he said. “Our town looks forward to partnering with Amazon and its employees.”

Deal said Amazon’s decision to build a facility in Jackson County speaks to the strength and vitality of Georgia’s business-friendly environment.

“We are thrilled that a global leader such as Amazon has chosen to expand its footprint here in Georgia,” he said.