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The Tennessee fulfillment push follows an online sales tax deal with that state.
Amazon.com Inc. this week said it would open four fulfillment centers, two each in Tennessee and Virginia, adding to its rapidly expanding network of 69 centers around the world. The warehouse push represents a total investment of $270 million, Amazon says, and will result in the hiring of more than 1,600 workers.
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In Virginia, Amazon will build the centers in Chesterfield and Dinwiddie counties, both located in the southeastern part of the state. In Tennessee, Amazon will build the warehouses in Wilson and Rutherford counties, both located in central Tennessee.
“This is exciting news for Middle Tennessee and the entire state as Amazon continues to grow and expand its presence here,” says Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. “We appreciate the company’s significant investment and ongoing partnership to create and grow Tennessee jobs.”
In October, the Republican governor and Amazon announced a deal under which the retailer would begin collecting sales taxes in Tennessee, and Amazon would build warehouses there. Amazon says it operates three other fulfillment centers in that state. Amazon did not immediately say if it operated other warehouses in Virginia.
Amazon expects to open all the new warehouses by next fall.