Amazon is opening a consumer goods fulfillment center in Marshall County, creating 850 jobs over three years.
The company is making improvements to an existing 554,000-square-foot building in the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park in Byhalia.
“I am proud to welcome Amazon as the newest member of the Mississippi business community,” said Gov. Phil Bryant. “Amazon’s presence demonstrates to industry leaders around the globe that Mississippi has what it takes for companies like Amazon to remain competitive and efficiently reach their consumers from our attractive location in the Southeast U.S.”
“We appreciate the state and local elected leaders who have supported Amazon’s entrance into Mississippi and we look forward to providing great job opportunities and an exceptional customer experience,” he said.
Last month, Seattle-based Amazon announced it was opening asecond headquarters, or HQ2, in New York and Virginia, sending 25,000 jobs to each city. In addition, the company said it would add 5,000 workers in Nashville for an operations center. The Nashville site will be responsible for the company’s customer fulfillment, transportation, supply chain and other similar activities.
New York, Virginia and Tennessee offered a combined $2.4 billion in incentives to attract Amazon. Mississippi’s incentives package is far smaller.
The Mississippi Development Authority is providing a $2 million grant for building costs and a $4 million grant for road improvements. Marshall County is providing assistance for road improvements and a property tax exemption worth about $6.3 million. Tennessee Valley Authority is also assisting.
“Mississippi’s teamwork at the federal, state and local levels, Marshall County’s proximity to a distribution hub and the region’s skilled workforce, were instrumental in Amazon’s decision to locate its new fulfillment center in our state,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough Jr.