After parts delayed fulfillment center for months, Amazon opening in July

After parts delayed fulfillment center for months, Amazon opening in July

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The Amazon fulfillment center will bring about 1,000 jobs when it opens in the Madison County Mega Site near Canton in July after delays.

Securing materials for the many conveyor belts inside the mammoth facility are among the reasons for the delays after the building structure was completed nearly a year ago.

Madison County Economic Development Authority Director Joey Deason confirmed July 18 as the company's target date to open the 700,000-square-foot facility. He said there is mutual enthusiasm over the opening.

“They are as excited as we are,” Deason said.

The company will likely start an advertising “blitz” running local ads and social media posts promoting job opportunities at the fulfillment center in the coming weeks, Deason said.

The Amazon jobs are expected to offer flexible work hours, including weekend jobs, regular workweek jobs and alternating schedules as well as a host of opportunities and benefits, according to Deason.

Deason said the facility’s original target date was the 2021 holiday season before the project was delayed. The main issue was securing materials for the many conveyor belts inside the facility. He said the structure of the building was largely completed in August of 2021.

The Journal first reported in July 2020 that the shipping giant purchased 69.02 acres at the Mega Site west of I-55 on Nissan Parkway off Mississippi 22 near Canton

The facility will be at least four stories and will house most of the sortable goods sold on Amazon. Associates will pick, pack and ship customers’ orders alongside robots.

In November 2020, the company announced that the facility would bring as many as 1,000 full-time jobs to the state.

“The fact that Amazon has chosen to invest in Mississippi again is a testament to the unmatched work ethic and dedication Mississippians exhibit each day," said Gov. Tate Reeves following the announcement. "We are well-positioned to be a leader in logistics, and I want to thank the leadership in Madison County and at Amazon for bringing more than 1,000 jobs to the area.”

Anyone waiting for the jobs to come available can sign up for text notifications by texting CANTON to 77088.





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