Amazon hiring 1,000-plus workers for Greenwood facility

Online retail giant Amazon is hiring more than 1,000 full-time workers for a new, $80 million packaging center in Greenwood.

Seattle-based Amazon is preparing to open the so-called fulfillment center after last year signing a lease at the site, where a FedEx distribution center was planned before that company backed out. The Amazon facility is expected to open in September. Online job applications are being accepted.

Greenwood’s council approved tax breaks on property taxes for the building and equipment.

The company has said it planned to invest $45 million in property improvements and $35 million in equipment, and could bring about 1,250 jobs to the area in the coming years. The facility is located along Allen Road, between Graham and Collins roads, near Interstate 65.

The site is the same one FedEx Corp. had designated for a $259 million distribution center that would have employed 450 workers, but those plans were called off in March 2018 after FedEx said capacity increases elsewhere in its network made the new facility unnecessary.

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