Online retail giant to launch new fulfillment center in Newnan —
Starting on day one, the e-commerce retail company will create 500 new, full-time jobs with industry-leading pay and comprehensive benefits at the new facility, according to Governor Brian P. Kemp in a Saturday noon news release.
“I am excited to welcome yet another expansion of Amazon’s operations here in Georgia,” said Gov. Kemp. “Our logistics infrastructure, top-ranked workforce, and nationally recognized business climate have earned us the distinction of No. 1 State for Business seven years in a row, and Amazon’s investments in the Peach State are a testament to that record of success. I am grateful for their continued partnership and looking forward to the opportunities this facility will create for hardworking Georgians and their families in Coweta County.”
“Amazon is proud to serve customers across Georgia and throughout the southeast region of the U.S.,” Alicia Boler Davis, vice president of global customer fulfillment, Amazon. “Georgia has been integral to Amazon’s ability to provide the great selection, competitive prices, and super-fast Prime shipping speeds we know our customers love. We are excited to add an additional 500 full-time jobs, industry-leading pay, and benefits starting for employees on day one, to the 3,500 Georgians already working for the company across the state.”
Amazon will lease a more than 1-million-square-foot facility at The Cubes at Bridgeport in Coweta County. The structure was built “on spec,” ready to be moved into after interior modifications are completed for the new tenant. The company considered multiple locations before settling on the site in Newnan.
“We are excited that Amazon, one of the world’s largest e-commerce companies, has chosen to locate in Coweta County,” said Trae Westmoreland, president of the Coweta County Development Authority. “Their significant capital investment will strengthen our local economy, and the addition of good jobs will create economic opportunity for our residents and neighboring communities. We look forward to having Amazon as a valued corporate citizen as Coweta continues to thrive.”
Amazon employees at the new facility will pick, pack, and ship customer orders.
Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Assistant Director Hank Evans represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with Georgia EMC and the Coweta County Development Authority.
“Georgia has become a magnet for investment from top brands like Amazon, and we are thrilled they continue to grow and create jobs in our state,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “We are proud to work with our incredible economic development partners in Coweta County and throughout the state to continue churning out exciting announcements like this one as we begin the new year.”
On top of Amazon’s $15 minimum wage, the company offers full-time employees comprehensive benefits including full medical, vision, and dental insurance as well as a 401(k) with 50 percent match starting on day one. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of maternal and parental paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families.
In addition, Amazon has pledged to invest over $700 million to provide upskilling training for 100,000 U.S. employees for in demand jobs. Programs will help Amazonians from all backgrounds access training to move into highly skilled roles across the company’s corporate offices, tech hubs, fulfillment centers, retail stores, and transportation network, or pursue career paths outside of Amazon.
The fulfillment center will be housed in an existing building located in southwest Newnan. The Cubes at Bridgeport is a 560-acre industrial mega-site with 8.5 million square feet of planned industrial space in the Southwest Atlanta submarket.
Located in Coweta County, the Bridgeport development is strategically located on the I-85 interchange at exit 41 and near major transportation systems, including both CSX and Norfolk Southern railroads, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International and Newnan-Coweta County Airport, a 5,600-foot-runway regional airport.
In a joint venture with institutional capital, the first phase of the development includes a 1,002,150 square foot speculative building with 40-foot clear height, ample trailer storage and car parks associated with the new state-of-the-art distribution theme, capable of handling high-cube warehousing, e-commerce and manufacturing requirements. That’s the existing building that Amazon will move into. It was completed, move-in ready, in December 2018.
As announced in 2018, the first phase also includes major infrastructure improvements such as ramp upgrades, a new signalized intersection on Highway 29, a public parkway and overpass above the CSX main line providing access to the development as well as water, two miles of new sanitary sewer, and electric utility improvements.
The Cubes at Bridgeport is CRG’s sixth industrial park. In the Southeast region, CRG developed The Cubes at Locust Grove, a 1 million square foot distribution center in the Atlanta suburb of Locust Grove. The Cubes at Inland 85, a 324-acre site in the Greenville, South Carolina market will include 500,280 square foot speculative building expandable to 1,186,680 square feet.