Mississippi Amazon facility to open in July after delay

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Amazon’s new fulfillment center in Mississippi is set to open in mid-July, 18 months after the company announced the project.

Joey Deason, executive director of the Madison County Economic Development Authority, confirmed Thursday the July 18 opening of the third such facility in the state, The Clarion Ledger reported. The company has other centers in Byhalia and Olive Branch.

“We’re looking forward to the start of operations in July, and they’re excited to start as well,” Deason said. “They’ve had several boots in the field, working from a management perspective for over a year.”

The installation of the 700,000 square feet (65,000 square meters) Madison County mega site in Canton is expected to create more than 1,000 full-time jobs in the region. It will function as a storage and sorting facility for many products sold and shipped by Amazon, a place where people will work alongside robots to fulfill orders and deliver packages. It will also be the first in Mississippi to incorporate robotics technology from Amazon.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the global supply chain has been in lockdown, complicating shipping, driving up prices and reducing production. When the facility was announced in November 2020, it was expected to be operational a year later, with jobs filled by the 2021 holiday shopping season.

“My understanding is that Amazon has deployed a lot of these resources to other locations until this facility is operational,” Deason said. “They obviously had issues with the supply chain. Now that they’re ready, we’re excited to see them integrating people. »

Deason said he believes the hiring process will begin the first week of June and continue for 45 days until operations begin. Although the pledge is for 1,000 jobs, he said the number could reach 1,800 during the holiday season in November and December.

While the building is complete and ready to go, he could not confirm whether all work inside the building has been completed.

“I can tell the building is at a point where they’re ready to move out and start operations,” Deason said.

He said he expects that over the next 30 days there will be a blitz in print, media, radio and social media to reach potential employees and fill the 1,000 jobs offered. Positions should start at $15 per hour and offer benefits.

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